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Dr. Robert Conenello
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Fallen Arches (Definition)

A fallen arch is commonly known as a flatfoot. The foot loses the arch on the inner side of foot. This is also known as pes planus and there can be either a flexible version and a rigid version. A flexible version is flat only when weight is applied on the foot; a rigid version is flat when the foot is off and when the foot is on ...Read more


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4 flat feet&overpronation Over-pronation walking shoes necessary or orthotics. Orthotics not proven 2 work Over-pronation walking shoes proven 2 work?

4 flat feet&overpronation Over-pronation walking shoes necessary or orthotics. Orthotics not proven 2 work Over-pronation walking shoes proven 2 work?

Orthotics: Custom made would be best option. Store bought orthotics are really for an average type arch which would not give you enough support. I don't think the shoe has much value. ...Read more

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Do custom in-shoe orthotics work well for acquired flat feet (valgus)?

Do custom in-shoe orthotics work well for acquired flat feet (valgus)?

They can be...: See a podiatrist and your visit should include a foot examination, possibly xrays and gait (walking) evaluation. Orthotics are prescription devices to help accommodate and help the foot function. As a means to treat conservatively (avoid surgery), many times, orthotics are used to hold the foot in good anatomic position and avoid abnormal mechanics which can lead to further problems. ...Read more

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Will all occupational therapy programs become doctorates like PT programs did?

Will all occupational therapy programs become doctorates like PT programs did?

Not sure: But I found a good link on the internet that might have the answers you are looking for. AOTA The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. . Check it out. ...Read more

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Wear orthotics 4 overpronation, flat feet & bunion. Wearing orthotics while sitting for large amounts of time beneficial?

Sitting...: Wearing orthotics while sitting doesn't really do much. They are designed to control the abnormal motions during your gait cycle (walking). ...Read more

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At home ankle physical therapy exersices?

At home ankle physical therapy exersices?

Core too!: Besides the calf stretching and ankle proprioception exercises- alphabets/bosu- which are vital, a good core strengthening program will help prevent re-injury in the future. Planks, bridges, are useful single leg balance on uneven surfaces (foam, towel, etc) helps with both core strength and proprioception. ...Read more

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Podiatrist only. 4 overpronation/bunion best shoes/boots w laces have boots laces start 2 in. Higher on foot near ankle enough support?

Podiatrist only. 4 overpronation/bunion best shoes/boots w laces  have boots laces start 2 in. Higher on foot near ankle enough support?

Add support: Either an over the counter support like power steps or super feet would be helpful but if your feet are severely probated a prescription orthotic may be necessary. High running shoes a high lacing boot would also be helpful. ...Read more

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Flat feet I currently wear RX orthotics and motion control shoes for running asics 2100 series. Should I run in non or motion control w/orthotics ?

Only one true: Orthotic. A custom-molded device by a pro that knows how to mold and prescribe the device for you specifically. No such thing as motion control in biomechanical theory. All motion is motion. A real device guides stance in motion. ...Read more

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How are custom foot orthoses helpful for jogging?

How are custom foot orthoses helpful for jogging?

They're not: An orthotic or any other type of brace is an appliance that should be used to treat a specific condition. It is not necessary for a normal healthy foot and there is no evidence that it reduces foot injuries in athletics. ...Read more

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What physical therapy exercises are appropriate for weak knees?

What physical therapy exercises are appropriate for weak knees?

Quadriceps strength: Weak knees usually refer to weak quadriceps. Simple straight leg raises and wall sits are great exercises you can do under he supervision of a therapist as well as on your own between therapy visits. Stationary bikes, swimming, short arc squats, leg extension against resistance are all additional exercises often used to strengthen the quadriceps. ...Read more

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Have mild-moderate Overpronation/flat feet & wear orthotics. OK to wear stabilizing athletic sneakers without orthotics?Same support?

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Have mild-moderate Overpronation/flat feet  & wear orthotics. OK to wear stabilizing athletic sneakers without orthotics?Same support?

Not as supportive: It is okay to wear athletic shoes without orthotics, but you will not get the same level of support for your arch. Custom orthotics conform to your arch and can help limit excessive pronation. The best combination for support is to wear custom orthotics with a stable athletic shoe. This becomes even more important if you participate in high-impact activities like running. ...Read more

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Swollen and painful sole from arch to heel. Seems plantar fasciitis. Icing and stretching helped. Is hiking / walking recommended? What else?

Swollen and painful sole from arch to heel. Seems plantar fasciitis. Icing and stretching helped. Is hiking / walking recommended? What else?

Plantar fascitis: Most common cause of heel pain is from plantar fasciitis, a pull/sprain of the plantar fascia from where it attaches to the heel bone on the btm of the foot. Txs include rigid arch support to decrease the pull of the fascia, combined with antiinflammatory medication (oral and/or injectable) to reduce the inflammation. Non weight bearing activity while recovering. ...Read more

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Can both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis get better over 6 months with stretching exercises and orthotic device?Are they self-limiting?

Can both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis get better over 6 months with stretching exercises and orthotic device?Are they self-limiting?

Yes: This is often the main treatment used for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Other treatments are available if thus does not work. Sounds like you have a good doc treating you. ...Read more

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I'm looking for specific exercises to help with runners knee (besides stretching, rolling, ice and rest). ?

I'm looking for specific exercises to help with runners knee (besides stretching, rolling, ice and rest).  ?

Quad strenghtening: Work on leg extension exercises and strengthening the quad muscles. Don't forget to work to balance the hamstrings as well. ...Read more

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6 yr old overpronated ankles. Has orthotic inserts, physical therapy. Right leg is starting to bow, pain in calves/knee ankle gives out frequently!

6 yr old overpronated ankles. Has orthotic inserts, physical therapy. Right leg is starting to bow, pain in calves/knee ankle gives out frequently!

See orthopedic docto: F0r 6 yrs old with over proinated ankles,orthotic and,physical therapy may not be enough anddeveloping bow leg , he should be seen ,examined by orthopedic doctor and x-ray of both ankles and foot , to study the bones placement and position with adjacent bone . He may be needing surgical treatment to correct the deformity ...Read more

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B/L pain plantar aspect both feet with radiation into medial ankles; dx as plantar fasciitis. No relief from injections or orthotics. Next step?

Second opinion: There are a number of more involved options for plantar fasciitis that does not respond to traditional treatments including orthotics and injections as you have had; among these options is surgery. You might consider getting a second opinion as well. Tarsal tunnel syndrome could potentially explain the symptoms you are describing. ...Read more

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1-must wear straight shoe lasts for overpronation & flat feet? 2-can sneakers have mesh and leather tops?

1-must wear straight shoe lasts for overpronation & flat feet? 2-can sneakers have mesh and leather tops?

??: Not so much a straight last as much as a last of some kind / cheaper shoes may look ok but if you can bend the shoe easily at the heel-forefoot junction then this is not a good shoe for you a good shoe with a last coupled with a good otc or custom made orthotic is the ticket as long as the construction is of reasonable quality what the upper is made from is not too much of an issue. ...Read more

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What is the most effective walking shoe for supination (under pronation, high arches)?

What is the most effective walking shoe for supination (under pronation, high arches)?

Curve lasted shoe: I am in your shoes in terms of foot structure. We are in the minority. Most people have a flattened foot structure. Depending on how much you walk, you can use a good running shoe as well. Orthotics is another option that will help you. They sure helped me...and that was 35 years ago....You need a shoe that helps with shock absorption. Supinators have a rigid foot structure. Road Runner Sports. ...Read more

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I had foot surgery on my left foot to fix my flat foot and the doctor said that they fused my bone and put a screw. When can i walk? Physical therapy?

This discussion : Should ONLY take place with your surgeon. From your description it is unclear if you had a subtalar stent placed in or if you had a flatfoot reconstruction. If a subtalar stent was put in then the "screw" isn't really a screw its an implant and it did not get placed into any bone, rather was placed ina a canal between the ones. ...Read more

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How do you tell your teacher you can't join the aquatic therapy lab because of period?

How do you tell your teacher you can't join the aquatic therapy lab because of period?

See below: You can say just what you said here. Do not be embarrassed. Or if you just can't say it go to the school nurse and tell them. ...Read more

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How do you tell your male teacher you can't join the aquatic therapy lab because of period pains/your period?

How do you tell your male teacher you can't join the aquatic therapy lab because of period pains/your period?

School nurse: Medical problems are private and you do not have to disclose the details of your medical issues with people at school or later in life with people at work. You should discuss the issue with the school nurse. If there is a valid medical issue prohibiting you from certain activities the teachers will be informed. ...Read more

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How soon can I start aquatic therapy after an injury?

How soon can I start aquatic therapy after an injury?

Aquatic exercise: Depends on the injury and how much tissue damage resulted. Were there any complications. ...Read more

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How is aquatic therapy good for osteoporosis patients?

How is aquatic therapy good for osteoporosis patients?

Yes it is good: Once osteopenia or osteoporosis has been identified through a bone density test, referral to physical therapy for appropriate exercise should be part of a therapeutic plan. That could inculd aquatic therapy. ...Read more

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How would you prescribe aquatic therapy for osteoarthritis?

How would you prescribe aquatic therapy for osteoarthritis?

Ai chi : Osteoarthritis patients may notice that aquatic exercises resemble familiar land-based movements but utilize the water's cushioned resistance. Water aerobics workouts mimic cross-country skiing, slow jogging or walking. Stretching exercises include alternating knee-to-chest raises. You'll strengthen muscles by utilizing foam barbells to perform bicep curls and side arm raises. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of treatments are there for flat feet?

Can you tell me what kind of treatments are there for flat feet?

Several: There are lots symptoms associated with flat feet. There are surgical and nonsurgical options. Nonsurgical will include custom orthotics which change how you stand and function. They are more than an arch support. Consult hypo-cure.Com for surgical option. There are other surgical options that can be done in conjunction with that service. You do not have to live in pain. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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I have flat feet and knock knees but it's never been picked up until recently, what are the treatments?

I have flat feet and knock knees but it's never been picked up until recently, what are the treatments?

Usually foot support: If you have fatigue or pain, and you are already wearing appropriate shoes, foot supports (orthoses) can be helpful in reducing abnormal flattening of the arches (pronation) which can cause increased strain on the insides of the knees. See a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is bimechanical like flat foot? What are the syptoms and treatments?

What is bimechanical like flat foot? What are the syptoms and treatments?

Goto the website: Fixmyflatfeet.com It is not my site, but it is really good at explaining the condition (including biomechanics) ...Read more

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I have flat feet that won't allow me to be in heels to long or flip flops without me feeling like i'm walking on concrete, insoles don't work?

I have flat feet that won't allow me to be in heels to long or flip flops without me feeling like i'm walking on concrete, insoles don't work?

Sore feet oh my!: I think time to see a podiatrist (foot doctor) that being said i wouldn't be surprised if a good acupuncturist could give you at least some temporary relief. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, but I don't even have flat feet?

I have all the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, but I don't even have flat feet?

Don't have to: To get plantar fasciitis you don't have to have flat feet. Any one can get it more common in diabetics, it is due to inflammatory changes in plantar fascia it causes severe pain while walking, steroid injection may help along with distribution of weight with supports. ...Read more

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My 5 year old doughter can't hold her urine is that indicate of diabetic and she have flat feet is that normal in her age?

My 5 year old doughter can't hold her urine is that indicate of diabetic and she have flat feet is that normal in her age?

Polyuria: Frequent trips to the bathroom is a possibly symptom of diabetes. If there is any concern of diabetes simple blood tests can determine if one has it. The question of a flatfoot is what is considered normal? Not all flat feet cause issues. If the foot is excessively flat you may want to consider orthotics. If there is pain you may want to consider orthotics. If there is a family hx, tx is good. ...Read more

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What to do if I am pretty sure I have flat feet. Many people tell me I am and i don't have an arch. But does it affect running?

What to do if I am pretty sure I have flat feet. Many people tell me I am and i don't have an arch. But does it affect running?

Flat feet: Excess pronation leads to biomechanical conditions. Just because you don't have problems now doesn't mean you won't see your podiatrist for an evaluation and explanation. ...Read more

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Have flat feet and think i have knock knees don't want to go the doctors as feel I'm wasting their time, is there anything i can do??

Have flat feet and think i have knock knees don't want to go the doctors as feel I'm wasting their time, is there anything i can do??

Usually foot support: If you have fatigue or pain, and you are already wearing appropriate shoes, foot supports (orthoses) can be helpful in reducing abnormal flattening of the arches (pronation) which can cause increased strain on the insides of the knees. See a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My child complains of foot pain after walking for awhile. I noticed she doesn't have a arch on her feet. Can this be due to flat feet? What can I do?

Pes planus: Pes planus, or flat feet, can be a source of foot pain. Arch supports (available by Rx or at your drug store) can help support the foot and decrease pain, providing that the pes planus is the flexible (not rigid) type. People with rigid pes planus often benefit from a visit with an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Can flat feet cause other problems?

Can flat feet cause other problems?

Yes they can: Yes they potentially can especially if flat feet are acquired ( that is person is not born with them). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
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Flatfoot (Definition)

Included in the normal anatomy of the foot is what is known as the plantar or longitudinal arch. A normal arch protects excessive weight bearing to occur in certain parts of the foot. In flat foot, this arch is reduced in size. Mild cases may not cause symptoms, severe cases can potentially cause ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Aquatic Therapy (Definition)

Aquatic therapy programs offer treatments and exercises done in a pool to help relieve health issues such as low back pain and neck pain. The exercises can also help strengthen muscles to prevent future ...Read more