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Doctor insights on: One Flat Foot One Arched Foot

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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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FLAT feet and fallen arch. Is it best to get custom RX orthotics for feet or store bought ones? Please advise. Dr. said no more run at surgeyr risk

FLAT feet and fallen arch. Is it best to get custom RX orthotics for feet or store bought ones? Please advise. Dr. said no more run at surgeyr risk

Flat feet: Either at first. Try an inexpensive over the counter arch support first. If symptoms improve greatly then should be ok. If symptoms slightly improve then custom orthotics are recommended. Custom inserts are casted from molds of your feet so basically are your inserts only. Over the counter devices are designed to fit everyone. See your local podiatrist

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One foot hurts in arch and heel areas. I have flat feet. What to do about the pain?

One foot hurts in arch and heel areas. I have flat feet. What to do about the pain?

Think, Think!!!!!!!!: No doubt, your flat feet have been with you for some time now. I doubt the flatness is the immediate cause of your pain. Having said that, try to think of something that you did just before you began having the issue. Possibly shoes, activity, of increase in activity are examples. Find the cause and stop doing it. In the meantime try heat, Advil (ibuprofen) and rest to begin the fix. If no success, see a doc.

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Is there a way to make my flat foot arched?

Is there a way to make my flat foot arched?

Yes, but....: The question I have for you is why you want to do this? There is no reason to change a flat foot into one with a more pronounced arch if it is not causing you any problems.

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Flat foot effects and is it possible to stop the pain when arches fall?

Flat foot effects and is it possible to stop the pain when arches fall?

Depends: Flat feet in themselves do not necessarily cause any problems. How the feet function is much more important. A poor functioning foot can lead to numerous conditions and deformities. Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bunions and hammertoes are some problems that may result. See a podiatrist. Depending on the specific condition they are differnt treatments. Orthotics are often very helpful.

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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.

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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.

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I am in marching band and have flat feet. Whenever I am on my platforms doing repetitive marching exercises, my arches start hurting like crazy!

I am in marching band and have flat feet. Whenever I am on my platforms doing repetitive marching exercises, my arches start hurting like crazy!

Flat feet: And marching. Please see a foot doctor. He/she may prescribe orthodics which are worn in the shoe and can help. Peace and good health.

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How can I know if I have a flat foot or high arch?

How can I know if I have a flat foot or high arch?

Stand up: And then look at your. ..You can examine your own arch height by looking down or in a mirror.

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How do you know if you have normal arches, high arches, or flat feet?

Arch: Height is not important if you are not having symptoms. If you are symptomatic see a podiatrist.

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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.

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Is it possible to have flat feet if you have a really high arch when young?

Is it possible to have flat feet if you have a really high arch when young?

Yes it is possible: There are multiple reasons for a high arch to flatten out, usually related to problems in the supporting structures such as the tendons, ligaments, bones.

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I have flat feet and new workboots with good support. First day my arches hurt, is this normal? Will my feet get used to it?

I have flat feet and new workboots with good support. First day my arches hurt, is this normal? Will my feet get used to it?

Yes you will: Wearing new shoes with good arch support too long can definitely cause pain/discomfort. I would try to break the new shoes in over a period of a week. Wear the shoes an hour or two at home, then take them off. Put the boots on later in the day. In time your arch will get used to the support.

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What to do if I am pretty sure I have flat feet. Many people tell me I am and I don't have an arch. But does it affect running?

Flat feet: Excess pronation leads to biomechanical conditions. Just because you don't have problems now doesn't mean you won't see your podiatrist for an evaluation and explanation.

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How to deal with foot pain caused by flat foot that was high arch?

How to deal with foot pain caused by flat foot that was high arch?

Not good: The most common cause of a high arched foot becoming flat is rupture/tear of the posterior tibial tendon. See a podiatrist and get this checked out.

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