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Doctor insights on: Flat Feet Physical Rehabilitation Programs

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What type of core training is considered best for physical rehabilitation?

What type of core training is considered best for physical rehabilitation?

See below: There are many great core strengthening exercises. I would recommend a visit with a physical therapist or personal trainer to learn proper technique. One of the best exercises are called planks. To do this lay on your stomach and lift your belly and legs off the ground with your forarms and toes on the ground. Try holding this postion for 15-30 seconds at a time. ...Read more

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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Which type of artial arts training is considered best for physical rehabilitation?

Which type of artial arts training is considered best for physical rehabilitation?

Depends: Any exercise program should take into consideration what you are rehabilitating from. Back and neck sprains should be treated differently than post-spine fusions. The key is to start slow and build incrementally. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. ...Read more

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In physical rehabilitation is strength important?

In physical rehabilitation is strength important?

Yes: A good physical rehabilitation plan will target the specific problems present and often include strengthening and stretching muscles. The program should be designed to treat the specific problem present. ...Read more

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Is physical rehabilitation painful?

Not always: Physical rehabilitation is a general term for a group of treatments that are used for a variety of medical problems. Examples would be teaching someone to walk again with a stroke or amputation, rehabbing someone after a total knee or hip replacement, strengthening the muscles of an elderly person with weakness or hundreds of other conditions. It is not necessarily painful however can be at times. ...Read more

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Is a physical therapist the correct doctor to see for flat feet and over pronation in child? If not what is the correct doctor to see?

Is a physical therapist the correct doctor to see for flat feet and over pronation in child? If not what is the correct doctor to see?

Flat feet: Actually the best person to see for flat feet is a podiatrist. Flat feet can be a result a various pathologies and most times this can be corrected with an orthotic but sometimes when the pathology is to great surgery may need to be performed. I recommend seeing a podiatrist. ...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 can I relieve pain caused by flat feet?

How can I relieve pain caused by flat feet?

Shoes, orthotics.: If you allow your foot to function "flat" as an adult, it can often progress to a more painful, flatter foot over months to years. This may be due to posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, or pttd. Check with your doctor: you may need custom inserts, an ankle brace, or surgery to prevent further deformity and pain. ...Read more

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Are flat feet a source of long term problems?

They can be.: Some people have flat feet that are not painful and cause them no problems. Others have pain and progressive deformity due to their flat feet. See your doctor if you're concerned: they may recommend supportive shoes, custom orthotics, ankle braces, or even surgery. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can you do about flat feet?

Can anyone tell me what can you do about flat feet?

See below: More support shoes, orthotics and stretching exercises will often help alleviate any symptoms that result from "flat feet". Only surgical intervention can actually structurally raise the arch. Surgery is normally a last resort reserved for the most severe cases in the right individual. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do for flat feet besides orthotics?

Is there anything you can do for flat feet besides orthotics?

Yes: If indicated based on physical exam, history, success or failure of previous treatments and etiology of the flat foot deformity, there are surgical options. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done about "flat feet" other than orthodics?

Is there anything that can be done about "flat feet" other than orthodics?

Flatfoot options: Symptomatic, painful flatfeet can be treated conservatively with orthotic devices, hi top shoes, and bracing (afo's). If these options fail in relief, surgical intervention can be employed. These options depend on whether arthritis exists in the joint and degree of deformity. ...Read more

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What are the best way to combat the pain associated with flat feet? Are dr. Scholls a recommended solution?

What are the best way to combat the pain associated with flat feet? Are dr. Scholls a recommended solution?

Support: Flat feet stretch the planar fascia and inflame the foot. An arch support keeps the inflammation down. Get measured for a proper support as each foot is different. When your feet are hurting try 2 ibuprofens and 2 tylenols (acetaminophen) every 6 hrs. ...Read more

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Can flat feet and over pronation cause pain in shoulders in a child?

Can flat feet and over pronation cause pain in shoulders in a child?

Possibly: Many skeletal malaligments begin in the feet. They are our foundation. While it's less common for children to have pain from these types of postural issues, it's still entirely possible. Overly pronated feet often respond to custom biomechanical orthotics. See a podiatrist and have your child evaluated for them. ...Read more

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With flat feet and overpronation. Does that mean ankles are hypermobile or lax?

With flat feet and overpronation. Does that mean ankles are hypermobile or lax?

Not necessarily: Hypermobility in the ankles can be due to chronic injury (such as several ankle sprains) or from genetics. Overpronation can be due to lax ligaments for the same reason. ...Read more

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Is there any literature on the long term benefits of wearing orthotics for flat feet?

Some benefit: They can offer short term symptomatic relief, but make no difference long term in outcomes. ...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