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Should I get insoles for my flat feet?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
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In brief: Yes
As the structure slumps closer to flat on the floor, foot function becomes abnormal.
The foot will feel more fatigued in the early stages, then develop pain and/or deformities as the altered function causes progressive tissue damage. Proper custom orthotics can alter the biomechanics of your feet which can prevent such damage.

In brief: Yes
As the structure slumps closer to flat on the floor, foot function becomes abnormal.
The foot will feel more fatigued in the early stages, then develop pain and/or deformities as the altered function causes progressive tissue damage. Proper custom orthotics can alter the biomechanics of your feet which can prevent such damage.
Dr. Michael Genkin
Dr. Michael Genkin
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Dr. Rudolf Zak
Podiatry
In brief: Flat feet
Yes. But i recommend you start with a over the counter orthotic first to see if it helps with any pain than see a local podiatrist to get molded for a custom orthotic.

In brief: Flat feet
Yes. But i recommend you start with a over the counter orthotic first to see if it helps with any pain than see a local podiatrist to get molded for a custom orthotic.
Dr. Rudolf Zak
Dr. Rudolf Zak
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
In brief: If discomfort
If there is discomfort or significant deformity then these help.

In brief: If discomfort
If there is discomfort or significant deformity then these help.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Only With Pain
Yes , but only with regular sore feet, legs or back.
Flatfeet with no discomfort at all require no help at all. And if inserts are not enough, and your doctor agrees that flatfeet are causing pain, then custom made orthotics may help.

In brief: Only With Pain
Yes , but only with regular sore feet, legs or back.
Flatfeet with no discomfort at all require no help at all. And if inserts are not enough, and your doctor agrees that flatfeet are causing pain, then custom made orthotics may help.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Specialized shoe inserts, such as the superfeet brand, do help persons with flat feet.
The inserts have a firm, supportive underside, and a softer foam topside. They help hold up the person's flattened arches.

In brief: Yes
Specialized shoe inserts, such as the superfeet brand, do help persons with flat feet.
The inserts have a firm, supportive underside, and a softer foam topside. They help hold up the person's flattened arches.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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