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Which superfeet insoles are good for foot with low arches, and flat feet?

Which superfeet insoles are good for foot with low arches,  and flat feet?

Green neon: The best support will come from the neon green inserts. It can be confusing since there are so many variations and each color represents a different purpose. If you still have questions, the superfeet website has a guide that indicates what the colors mean. ...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


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Flexible high arch runner. Stability shoes caused arch to collapse, feet to evert, numbness 1st web space, and anterior hip rotation. Reversable?

Flexible high arch runner. Stability shoes caused arch to collapse, feet to evert, numbness 1st web space, and anterior hip rotation. Reversable?

Arches don't : Generally collapse save for a charcot foot deformity or posterior tibial tendon rupture. I would recommed an in office consult with a foot doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Would flat foot inserts decrease shoe size?

Would flat foot inserts decrease shoe size?

No: Since the inserts take up room on the shoe, the size will remain the same. ...Read more

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Is a pronated foot and flat foot the same thing?

Is a pronated foot and flat foot the same thing?

Pretty much...: We start out treating it with sympotmatically, mainly with a type of arch supports. These can be custom made orthotics, made specifically for your individual feet, by seeing a podiatrist. For otc supports, i really like spenco medical products. Try the polysorb cross-trainer, walker-runner or total support styles to get more support in your shoes. ...Read more

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Can my feet arches be different depending on the foot? any higher arch shoes or inserts feels perfect for R foot but feels like lump under L foot

Can my feet arches be different depending on the foot? any higher arch shoes or inserts feels perfect for R foot but feels like lump under L foot

Foot sizes : It certainly can happen that one foot is different from the other, both in size and shape. You may find that a good shoe store could help with proper fitting suggestions. You also may find that you can see a local podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Extremely painful tibialis sheen on long or fast walk. I already wear custom orthoses with arch sup &metatarsal pad for flat foot and metatarsal pain?

Extremely painful tibialis sheen on long or fast walk. I already wear custom orthoses with arch sup &metatarsal pad for flat foot and metatarsal pain?

CLARIFICATION: "Tibialis sheen?" Do you mean tib. posterior or tib. anterior? I will speak to the tibialis posterior tendon. If this is your diagnosed problem, I always utIlize an MRI to look at the tendon. Then, orthoses, bracing, or a cast can be tried depending upon the integrity of the tendon. Therapy is another option. If all these fail, surgery can be discussed. I have pretty good success with a brace. ...Read more

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Can having a pronation of the foot or flat feet cause differing foot sizes?

Can having a pronation of the foot or flat feet cause differing foot sizes?

Yes: As your foot becomes flatter your arch drops and the foot becomes longer. If there is a difference in how much arch height is lost between your feet you may start to have different shoe sizes. ...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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Which shoe type is perfect for flat feet or bunions?

Which shoe type is perfect for flat feet or bunions?

Shoe guide: Flat feet and bunions require wider shoes to accommodate the deformity. A rigid, stable shoe is best. No more than 2 inch heels because it puts too much pressure on bunions. More importantly, the shoes have to support the arch whether with built in inserts or store bought inserts. Sandals need to have built in arch supports as well. ...Read more

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Can a tight plantar fasciitis brace cause a high arched foot?

Can a tight plantar fasciitis brace cause a high arched foot?

No: It would help support the plantar fascia but cannot cause a foot to becomr "high arched". ...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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Use orthotic 4 bunion/overpronation.Sneakers r on a platform, entire sole raised above the ground. Does this make the sneaker heel too hi?

Use orthotic 4 bunion/overpronation.Sneakers r on a platform, entire sole raised above the ground. Does this make the sneaker heel too hi?

Sneaker: Well , the sole is usually above the ground in any shoe. However , if you mean it functions like a lift , then there is a possibility of it being too high. See your podiatrist and get this situation evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the best running shoes for high arch foot?

What is the best running shoes for high arch foot?

I like New Balance: If you have a high arch you will probably need an orthotic in any shoe you try. ...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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Feeling "pulling" in arch of foot when walking. Tender arch. I am flat-footed. Is this plantar fasciitis? Home treatments? Podiatrist copay is $50. :(

Feeling "pulling" in arch of foot when walking. Tender arch. I am flat-footed. Is this plantar fasciitis? Home treatments? Podiatrist copay is $50. :(

Sounds like but: Sounds like it, but plantar fasciitis is not the only condition that can create pain in the arch. Tendon dysfunction, tendon tear, foot sprain, nerve entrapment or even fracture are some of the conditions thay can create pain in the arch. The co-pay is nothing if you consider how much it would be if you leave something untreated. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and spur at ball of my foot. New orthotics have an arch and I walk flat footed. Foot feels bruised. Try to adapt? Damaging?

I have plantar fasciitis and spur at ball of my foot. New orthotics have an arch and I walk flat footed. Foot feels bruised. Try to adapt? Damaging?

Give it time: If you have just started wearing the orthotics, your foot may just need more time. Just like anything new, start slowly. Meaning, wear the orthotics in short durations and build from there. If the foot does not come around quickly, see a doctor to check the fit of the orthotic. ...Read more

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