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If I have drop foot and flat feet will i get orthotic insoles or orthotic braces?

If I have drop foot and flat feet will i get orthotic insoles or orthotic braces?

Brace: An orthotic won't help with a foot drop as it is a device that runs under the foot. The brace part extends up the leg and hence can help lift up the foot as the leg extends forward. ...Read more

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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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What to do for over pronated flat feet?

What to do for over pronated flat feet?

ORTHOTIC DEVICES: As an adult, surgery is usually more involved than in the pediatric population. Depending upon the cause of the flat feet (there are many), either OTC or Rx inserts may help. X-rays would be helpful. Regards, Dr. Latva ...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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Will shoe inserts help if I have flat feet?

Will shoe inserts help if I have flat feet?

Nonsurgical option: There a a number of nonsurgical options that can be tried depending on the stage of the flat foot. These range from wedge cushions for the heel, arch supports/orthotics, braces, and boots. ...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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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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I have a flat foot arch. Is a support mold needed to get properorthotics?

I have a flat foot arch. Is a support mold needed to get properorthotics?

Orthotics: Yes - a proper cast/mold of the foot is absolutely critical to making the orthotics. See your podiatrist for help ...Read more

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How often should I get my custom orthotics evaluated and replaced & have Flat feet/ 1fallen arch. Advice for 5K run/walker to avoid injury?

How often should I get my custom  orthotics  evaluated and replaced & have Flat feet/ 1fallen arch. Advice  for 5K run/walker to avoid injury?

About every 2 years: Many in my field would recommend replacing orthoses about every two years as often the foot structure changes and there will be some wear and tear on the devices. There is no definitive answer and it depends on the type of orthotics, the activity level of the person and if there are new or recurrent symptoms ...Read more

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Plantar fascists what can you do for the pain in foot and leg / calf. Will custom custom orthotics make it go away?

ESWT/Orthotics/Shoes: So depending on how long you have suffered from the plantar fasciitis stretching exercises can be helpful. If it is a chronic problem look into extracorporeal shock wave therapy. That combined with new shoe gear and custom orthotics have achieved the best results in my experience. ...Read more

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If you can walk with a limp but not on your flat foot should you get arch supports?

If you can walk with a limp but not on your flat foot should you get arch supports?

You shouldn't limp!: You shouldn't need to limp to walk. If you are in pain, it is essential to visit with a podiatrist. Arch supports or custom orthotics may help but there is likely additional solutions to get you out of pain quicker. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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 ...Read more

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If you wear orthotics for flat acquired flat feet[fallen arches] is this smart, or a bad idea?

If you wear orthotics for flat acquired flat feet[fallen arches] is this smart, or a bad idea?

If prescribed smart: If prescribed by your foot specialist after care full evaluation of the cause it is smart, if you are using on your own with out knowing the cause of this acquired flat feet then it is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...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