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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


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What do you suggest if as I am 16 now my legs are '" almost" straight, how can flat foot affect my parkour/ weight lifting/posture etc?

What do you suggest if as I am 16 now my legs are '" almost" straight, how can flat foot affect my parkour/ weight lifting/posture etc?

A lot: Flatfeet can be worsened of course by just walking, running and time. Your activity level, although not good for your overall foot structure, shouldn't keep you from doing what you're doing. What's the worst is just the act of walking and not addressing your flatfeet. See your local area podiatrist as this shouldn't be left untreated. ...Read more

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Can being flat footed affect running?

Can being flat footed affect running?

Yes but: There are running shoes and orthotics designed for all types of feet and also all types of running styles. You can be trained to run effectively. I would consider someone knowledgeable at a specialty running shoe store or even a foot dr. Or physical therapist. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me is walking flat footed bad even if you don't have flat feet?

Can anyone tell me is walking flat footed bad even if you don't have flat feet?

Don't do it: Why would you want to walk flat-footed, if you're not flat-footed? . Flat-footed patients have issues. Don't do it and don't start. ...Read more

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Is flat foot heritary?

Is flat foot heritary?

Yes...: It does seem to have a tendency to run in family lines. ...Read more

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How to deal with flat foot?

How to deal with flat foot?

Have it evaluated: Have your feet evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. You may benefit with use of custom foot orthoces. ...Read more

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How does one get flat feet?

How does one get flat feet?

Genetics: It's inherited. The other possibilities could be traumatic or degeneration due to metabolic conditions. ...Read more

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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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Why do people get flat foot?

Why do people get flat foot?

See below: The vast majority of flat feet are inherited and usually traced back to mom and dad. Some are post traumatic but on rare occasions. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to flat feet. ...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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Is there a way to fix flat feet?

Is there a way to fix flat feet?

Yes: To fix a flat foot requires surgery. Insoles do not fix a foot type but are made to restrict excess motion and to relieve pain. There are several surgical procedures that can fix a flat foot, but they vary depending on severity and other factors. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Do flat feet affect your height?

Do flat feet affect your height?

So slightly...: Not enough to be remotely important though. ...Read more

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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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Can I make my flat foot flatter?

Can I make my flat foot flatter?

Yes.: 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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What can I do about my flat feet?

What can I do about my flat feet?

Do they hurt?: Treatment is based on pain/limitations. If they don't hurt, no treatment required. Non-surgical treatment usually involves shoe inserts (orthotics). Surgical management requires a comprehensive approach to gain a lasting correction. ...Read more

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Is flat feet fixable? If so, how?

Is flat feet fixable? If so, how?

YES, BUT...: Flat feet can be corrected surgically, but in an adult the surgery is usually more involved than in children. If painful, Rx inserts might help. I recommend evaluation by a podiatrist, who can decide the best path to take.
Regards,

Dr. Latva ...Read more

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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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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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Is doing ballet bad when flat feet?

Is doing ballet bad when flat feet?

No: Ballet is an excellent exercise for flat feet. ...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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What should I do about my flat foot?

What should I do about my flat foot?

Flat feet: Many options are available : the most aggressive is surgery and there are many surgical procedures that can be done by podiatrist or orthpods. I would start with a foot orthotic. It depends on the level of pain your having and any other co-problems associated with the flat feet. Most people with flat feet need an accomadative type orthotic. ...Read more

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Can wearing slippers cause flat feet?

No: No, but if worn for the wrong activities they could cause discomfort. ...Read more

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How can I fix my flat feet alignment?

Orthtics: Get evaluated by a podiatrist. There are many things that can help flat feet. ...Read more

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Can people with flat foot go cycling?

Can people with flat foot go cycling?

Of course: If you have flat feet, you need a stable shoe. Usually, people with flat feet don't need special inserts or orthodics, b/c cycling isn't weight bearing. ...Read more

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What can you do for flat feet in kids?

What can you do for flat feet in kids?

Normal: If there is no pain associated, no treatment is necessary. Very young children develop an arch later in life. Older children can become flatfooted as the grow. Orthotics do not change the natural history in children, rather they can not prevent being flatfooted in children growing. If there is pain, careful evaluation is indicated. In such cases orthotics and stretches of achilles help. ...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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