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Doctor insights on: Foot Strengthening Exercises For Flat Feet

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How can I strengthen my feet and ankles to make walking and working out less painful? I have flat feet and over pronate.

How can I strengthen my feet and ankles to make walking and working out less painful? I have flat feet and over pronate.

Orthotics: A custom molded foot orthotic would help with your foot pain and with rebalance your arch. Seek out a local podiatrist to have a custom orthotic made. ...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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6th week after ankle sprain. Do foot n ankle stretching n strengthening exercises, but feel pain doing heel cord stretch n calf raise. What to do?

6th week after ankle sprain. Do foot n ankle stretching n strengthening exercises, but feel pain doing heel cord stretch n calf raise. What to do?

Ankle sprain: Check with orthopedic surgeon. May have talar dome injury, avulsion fracture, syndesmotic injury, or bone contusion. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises for people who have flat feet?

Are there any exercises for people who have flat feet?

Heel cord stretching: Many people with flat feet have tight heel cords. The tight heel cord may make the flat foot worse and create a vicious cycle. Ankle strengthening may help some, focus on the posterior tibial tendon. None of these things will change the flat foot an create an arch, but they may help with pain and prevent it from getting worse. ...Read more

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What are the best shoe to buy for flat feet to exercise?

What are the best shoe to buy for flat feet to exercise?

Removable insoles: Buy a shoe that is really comfortable for you that has removable insoles, since most of the insoles in shoes are junk. Replace them with (my opinion) spenco polysorb insoles - walker/runner, cross trainer, or total support.

http://www. Spenco. Com/products/footcare. ...Read more

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How can I improve pain caused by fallen arches/flat feet- which exercises to do?

How can I improve pain caused by fallen arches/flat feet- which exercises to do?

Progression possible: Traction on the medial plantar branch of the tibial nerve can lead to tarsal tunnel syndrome. This can be confirmed with EMG-NCS testing. In addition to pain you might experience tingling in the instep radiating up to above the ankle. Arch supports as others have advised is the way to go. Those Dr Shoals machines you stand on can help fit you with the right arch support. If that fails see foot DR. ...Read more

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Flat feet, fallen archesare. Are there any exercises that I can do to recreate the arches?

Flat feet, fallen archesare. Are there any exercises that I can do to recreate the arches?

Not really: Flat feet can happen for a number of reasons from normal aging to loss of activity of the primary arch support, the posterior tibial tendon. Strengthening of this tendon can help minimize pain early in the disease state. In later stages, it will not help. In any case, a fallen arch will not come back with exercise. ...Read more

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I would like to know of exercises for my calves. Ihave low arches/flat feet.

I would like to know of exercises for my calves. Ihave low arches/flat feet.

Several: Best one that I can think of would be go to a stair and go halfway off with your heels. Do calf raises. This is the best one I'm aware of. Can speak to a physical therapist. ...Read more

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I have flat feet that hurt me when stand for long time. Is there any exercise helps feet get normal shape?

I have flat feet that hurt me when stand for long time. Is there any exercise helps feet get normal shape?

Flat is Flat.: Regrettably, if your foot has been diagnosed as a true flatfoot, I know of no exercises that will give it a "normal" shape. ...Read more

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Hello doctor I have flat feet what exercises I have to do to get rid of flat feet without any operation?

None: There are no exercise available to get rid of flat feet. The arch is made out of bone and supported by ligaments and tendons. ...Read more

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I want to exercise, but I have extrem flat feet, my doctor says my bones in my feet may collapse if I don't get surgery. What exercise should I do?

I want to exercise, but I have extrem flat feet, my doctor says my bones in my feet may collapse if I don't get surgery. What exercise should I do?

Upper body: You would certainly be welcome to do upper body exercises, so as to not "collapse your feet." however, address your flat-footedness early. Go to hyprocure. Com. And/or consult with your local area podiatrist to discuss orthotics. ...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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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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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 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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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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Can having flat feet affect your balance?

Can having flat feet affect your balance?

Balance: Yes - as stated. However, orthotics can help a great deal. See your podiatrist for assistance. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from pain in flat feet?

Shoes/support: Flat feet are usually your parent's fault, genetics. Good shoes and supports are essential. Usually a thicker soled, stiffer shoe with support matching your arch will help. Most times too much build up in the arch is not comfortable. With difficult feet, custom orthotics are commonly needed. The better your can protect your feet, the less wear and tear problems you will develop. Dr l. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain from flat feet?

Evaluation: Evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle is your best and most cost effective option. You can find one in your area at aofas. Org

there are many causes of flat feet, many of which can be addressed non operatively. ...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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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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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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Please help! I have large, flat feet and I hate them?

Hate feet: There is no way to change them. If you cannot accept them perhaps counseling is in order. ...Read more

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Do you really need to get surgery for having flat feet?

Do you really need to get surgery for having flat feet?

Flatfeet: Not always. If u get pain relief with orthotics than u don't need to. But if the pain your having is severe and u get no relief from any conservative care than surgery is an option. ...Read more

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