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How can I fix my flat feet?

How can I fix my flat feet?

It Depends: Orthopaedic conditions such as flat feet only requiring "fixing" if symptommatic. A variety of surgical and non-surgical options exist but need to be tailored to your particular condition. Go to www.Aofas.Org to find an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist in your area for more specific information. ...Read more

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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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What is the cause of flat feet?

What is the cause of flat feet?

INHERITED: The most common, but not only, reason is hereditary. ...Read more

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What causes flexible flat feet?

Genetics: Mostly likely an inherited condition form your mother or father. ...Read more

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Any pro athletes with flat feet?

Any pro athletes with flat feet?

Probably: There likely are pro athletes with flat feet but I have not treated any in my office. Having flat feet does not mean you cannot be a good athlete. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of flat feet?

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Variable: Often, their are "no symptoms" as it is asymptomatic. Pain can be present in the arch, medial or lateral hindfoot. ...Read more

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Why is having flat feet bad for you?

Why is having flat feet bad for you?

Not always: Flat feet in themselves do not necessary cause problems. How these feet function is much more important. Excessive pronation which is often found with many flat feet is actually much more of a factor. A higher arched foot which excessively pronates and functions poorly is much more troublesome than a flat foot which does not. ...Read more

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Should I get insoles for my flat feet?

No: It is not necessary to use shoe inserts simply because you have flat feet. Flat feet may be your normal. If you also have foot pain then a medical evaluation from an orthopaedic surgeon would be advisable. ...Read more

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Pain in ankles caused by flat feet?

Pain in ankles caused by flat feet?

Possible: If your flat feet are severe it makes the ankles unstable and puts pressure on the ankle creating pain. ...Read more

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Can flat feet cause frequent sprains?

Can flat feet cause frequent sprains?

Yes: When your feet are naturally flat, your body will want to compensate by rolling to the outside of your foot/ankle. This can create ankle sprains. Get orthotics from your podiatrist or try some 3/4 shoes to help hold your feet more stable. ...Read more

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What to do for over pronated flat feet?

ORTHOTIC DEVICES: As an adult, surgery is usually more involved than in the pediatric population. Depending upon the cause of the flat feet (there are many), either OTC or Rx inserts may help. X-rays would be helpful. Regards, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Can you cure flat feet without surgery?

Can you cure flat feet without surgery?

No: there are supportive devices (orthotics) to prevent pain and if conservative measures do not resolve your pain surgery is often your only option. ...Read more

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How to relieve pain in pronated flat feet?

Treatment varies: There are many potential causes for pain in flat feet. It's difficult to make specific recommendations. A couple of simple options include use of a good over the counter arch sopport (i.e. Superfeet) and calf muscle stretching. If pain persists, seek advice from an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist (aofas.Org). ...Read more

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Does having flat feet mess with your spine?

Sure can: Flat feet not only effects the feet but ankles knees, hips and lower back. Your house has a foundation and if its off so is the house. The feet are the foundation of the body. Custom orthotics should be a big help! ...Read more

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Flat feet that are over pronated, what to do?

Flat feet that are over pronated, what to do?

Many options: Hyperpronation feet can lead to various serious lower extremity problems if unchecked. Consider custom orthotics which are more than just arch supports. The problem, is will have to wear them for the rest of your life. Consider going to hypocure.Com for more information and potential surgical correction which is not very involving. Don't ignore this issue. ...Read more

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What is forefoot varus? Does it cause flat feet?

DEPENDS: This is more complicated than what can be said in 400 words. There is uncompensated and compensated FF varus. If you have the latter, it can cause flat feet. Your podiatrist has to do a biomechanical exam. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my flat feet from getting worse?

How can I prevent my flat feet from getting worse?

Improve function: Wearing good shoes and supports is the best protection you have for your feet. Avoid barefoot. Improving the way the foot works will decrease the wear and tear not only to your feet, but also knees, legs hips and low back. Discuss with your foot specialists. Dr l. ...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. Wenjay Sung
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Flatfeet (Definition)

A condition in which the arch or instep of the foot collapses and comes in contact with the ground. In some individuals, this arch never develops while they are growing. ...Read more