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For a healthy mid-twenties man that lifts weights & runs and eats right… Can knee pain (w/o wts for 3 months) be caused by flat feet, over-walking?

For a healthy mid-twenties man that lifts weights & runs and eats right… Can knee pain (w/o wts for 3 months) be caused by flat feet, over-walking?

Possibly...: But instead of guessing and assuming, see your doctor for a thorough evaluation of your knees. Only by doing so will you be able to arrive at a specific, addressable cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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My 14 yr old female runs track and field and cross-country... Over the past 2 years her feet and legs hurt more and more. I took her an orthopedic and he told her to wear inserts when she runs and put her on an antiinflamtory, she is really flat-footed and

My 14 yr old female runs track and field and cross-country... Over the past 2 years her feet and legs hurt more and more. I took her an orthopedic and he told her to wear inserts when she runs and put her on an antiinflamtory, she is really flat-footed and

Shin splints: Inserts are a good idea as well as anti-inflammatories. However, the BEST treatment is rest! If she continues tonjave issues get her checked out and have her stop running as she may develop a stress fracture. Also, if you can find a good therapist she can get a running evaluation to see if her running mechanics are normal. Look for a running shoe store (not footlocker etc) that can help her ...Read more

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We are looking for the best treatment options for my 14 year old son who has genu valgum and flat feet. We have insurance and live in tx.

We are looking for the best treatment options for my 14 year old son who has genu valgum and flat feet. We have insurance and live in tx.

See an expert: Varying degrees of genu valgum and flat feet, particularly if asymptomatic can be left alone. If more severe or symptomatic seek expert opinions. Dallas, houston and austin all have excellent pediatric orthopaedic surgeons (david podeszwa in dallas and robert dehne are options). ...Read more

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Can't put my right foot flat on floor in morning. Pain runs along inside arch. Have to walk on outside edge of it for about 1 hour. What causes this?

Can't put my right foot flat on floor in morning. Pain runs along inside arch. Have to walk on outside edge of it for about 1 hour. What causes this?

Plantar fascitis: It could be plantar fascitis. A condition more likely to occur in those who walk with feet inward, stand or walk on a hard surface most of the day or have flat or high arched feet. Avoid the above and do toes stretches or towel stretches and take ibuprofen as needed (unless you have ulcer or kidney disease) ...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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Flat footed and torn tendons. What is my future in dance?

Flat footed and torn tendons. What is my future in dance?

Depends on the dance: Chances are, you will not be successful in classical ballet, wherein the pointe position requires an intact foot structure. There are a number of folk dances, even some irish clogging dances, which might work for you with the right shoes. Slow dancing (with the right partner) should work just fine! ...Read more

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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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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 effects of having flat feet?

What are the effects of having flat feet?

Flat vs pronation : Flat feet are a structural problem which may not always be bad. Pronation is motion in the foot that allows the foot to adapt to uneven surfaces. Over pronation are excessive pronation causes the ligaments of the foot to relax to long allow strain on ligaments and foot deformities, such as bunions hammer toes neuromas joint pain and arthritis. ...Read more

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I've been flat-footed since I was a child, is there a way to correct this?

I've been flat-footed since I was a child, is there a way to correct this?

Orthotics: Nope, short of reconstructive foot surgery.However, the use of orthotics may alleviate any pain or discomfort. ...Read more

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Does walking flat-footed lead me to developing pain in my ankles?

Does walking flat-footed lead me to developing pain in my ankles?

It could: Because of the position of the foot strain can easily be placed mon the ankles causing pain. ...Read more

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I weigh 260 pounds but also really flat-footed how can I lose weight effectively well jogging

I weigh 260 pounds but also really flat-footed how can I lose weight effectively well jogging

Stationary bike: Or brisk walk on treadmill may be a better choice until you loose more weight. Choose exercise that does not require pounding your feet so much. See your doc for a good health plan and to make sure the level of exercise you choose is good for you. Many men do well w/low-carb diet but ask doc first. Peace and good health. ...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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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 from your mother or father. ...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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What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Variable: Often, there 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?

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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Why are a lot of flat-footed people pigeon-toed?

Why are a lot of flat-footed people pigeon-toed?

Not true at all: Pigeon toeing, or in-toe gait, is not that common and occurs in less than 10% of the population. Flat feet are much more common at roughly 50% of the population because it is an advantageous trait allowing the foot to compensate for uneven surfaces. High arches are usually rigid and lead to more instability problems. ...Read more

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If I have flat feet is it ok to be in marching band?

Yes: Yes, as long as you are not having constant pain. ...Read more

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I am knock-kneed, pigeon-toed, and flat-footed. What couldi do?

I am knock-kneed, pigeon-toed, and flat-footed. What couldi do?

See the podiatrist: A good gait evaluation and biomechanical exam by the podiatrist can reveal whether the 3 things you notice are individually a problem or are related. Like a car, get the alignment checked so that you don't wear down the tires improperly. At 34, it's a good time for you to catch things and stay proactive in your health. You don't want this to cause degenerative changes in the future. ...Read more

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Is having flat feet genetic?

It can be: Flat feet can be genetic or it can be acquired. ...Read more