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Flexible flat feet?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 11, 2007
  • 10:38 PM

Im 16 and have been told by orthopedics that i have severe flat feet when standing, but if I stand on my toes, and arch appears. Thus i have flexible flat feet.I'm going to play soccer soon and im wondering whether i should get in-soles. When i ran track and basketball, i was injured a few times for no found reason, and i guess its due to my feet. I have a slight inward roll too, but not so much. Most websites say that flexible flat feet dont need any further treatment or concern, but do you think i should get in-soles?

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  • My feet are kind of like that--when I was about your age I saw a podiatrist for another foot problem and he fitted me for orthotics that fit into my shoes. They're custom made (I've had 3 or 4 pairs over the years) and pretty expensive; insurance doesn't always cover them, but they do help balance out the roll and provide some arch support. Even if the roll is not that severe it can cause bones to move out of place over time, causing bunions which can be painful. (and I can tell you that bunion surgery is REALLY painful!) I would recommend seeing a podiatrist just for a screening to find out if you have any cause for concern. Mine even wrote me a prescription for specific sneakers so I would know what type would be best for my specific problems--since you play sports something like that could be worth the visit! Good luck and take care of your feet--foot problems are no fun!
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  • Have you heard of the Posture Control insoles for flat feet? Check out this guy's blog. They seem to be doing a good job.http://myflatfeet.blogspot.com/
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  • Flexible FlatfootFlexible flatfoot is one of the most common types of flatfoot. It typically begins in childhood or adolescence and continues into adulthood. It usually occurs in both feet and generally progresses in severity throughout the adult years. As the deformity worsens, the soft tissues (tendons and ligaments) of the arch may stretch or tear and can become inflamed.fallen archThe term "flexible" means that while the foot is flat when standing (weight-bearing), the arch returns when not standing. In the early stages of flexible flatfoot arthritis is not restricting motion of the arch and foot, but in the later stages arthritis may develop to such a point that the arch and foot become stiff.Symptoms, which may occur in some persons with flexible flatfoot, include: * Pain in the heel, arch, ankle, or along the outside of the foot. * "Turned-in" ankle. * Pain associated with a shin splint. * General weakness/fatigue in the foot or leg Diagnosis of Flexible FlatfootIn diagnosing flatfoot, the foot and ankle surgeon examines the foot and observes how it looks when you stand and sit. X-rays are usually taken to determine the severity of the disorder. If you are diagnosed with flexible flatfoot but you don't have any symptoms, your foot and ankle surgeon will explain what you might expect in the future.Treatment OptionsIf you experience symptoms with flexible flatfoot, the foot and ankle surgeon may recommend various treatment options, including: * Activity modifications. Cut down on activities that bring you pain and avoid prolonged walking and standing to give your arches a rest. * Weight loss. If you are overweight, try to lose weight. Putting too much weight on your arches may aggravate your symptoms. * Orthotic devices. Your foot and ankle surgeon can provide you with custom orthotic devices for your shoes to give more support to the arches. * Immobilization. In some cases, it may be necessary to use a walking cast or to completely avoid weight-bearing. * Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help reduce pain and inflammation. * Physical therapy. Ultrasound therapy or other physical therapy modalities may be used to provide temporary relief. * Shoe modifications. Wearing shoes that support the arches is important for anyone who has flatfoot. * Surgery. In some patients whose pain is not adequately relieved by other treatments, surgery may be considered. Hope this can help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 05:05 PM
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  • my daughter is 9 and has flexible flat feet. She just had a pin/screw put in her ankle to help with her left foot and in April we hope to do the other foot. I read that the surgery is most successful in pre-pubescent children but it may work for you too. The surgery can be kind of expensive if your insurance does not cover it. If you don't tolerate the pin/screw well then they can simply remove it in office. Either way you need to get good orthotics and wear them consistently. My daughter wears berkinstock sandles through the summer and her insoles in her shoes during the fall/winter/sping. I read one article that flexible flat feet are prodominately in the Black, Native Hawian and Jewish races. I found that interesting for us. God Bless, John
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2007
    • 08:08 AM
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  • I've had flexible flat feet my entire life, and I don't have any pain or problems. I'm 29 yrs old. I usually don't use inserts, but I might if I played sports. Its difficult to run fast with flat feet. I read that flat feet are great over rocky or uneven terrain, and that going barefoot on that sort of surface was an excellent work out for a flat foot. Sometimes I hike for 3 or 4 hours and i get shin splints and heel pain, even with supportive shoes designed for hiking. But I figure that could be normal, given the amt of time and that I only do it semi-regularly. I ran regularly for a while, and got really bad shin splints - but I could never afford to get orthotics. Then I realized that if I set the treadmill to the highest incline and walk up it at a regular walking setting, say 3.5 mph, it was a great exercise for my achilles tendon and my shin splint problems were reduced.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2009
    • 03:41 AM
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  • My daughter was diagnosed with high mobile foot and a banion stage 1 or 2 (?) when she was 8 y.o. Now she is 9 and has her second set of inserts in her shoes, which are running shoes only all year arround. It was podiatrist recommendation. We also do number of exersises and she wears banion split over night. Over last year since she started to wear arthotics she had number foot and low leg injuries. Mainly twist, sprown of anckle with differently located pain. Some last 3-4 weeks, others were short complanes from 1-2 days to 2 hours. Sometimes the pain sets without any injury. My daughter had been doung ballet and dancing over last 4 years with weekly training raging from 5- 7, someweeks 8 hours. Our podiatrist is extremely against that. 70-80% of training is in soft shoes, character shoes also has inserts from podiatrist to support the arch?My question is: should we stop doing ballet as strongly advised by the podietris?
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    • February 17, 2010
    • 00:39 PM
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  • Thanks for sharing this informative information. I have got lot of information. Please keep sharing more and more information.
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  • Hello, I am a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer. Flat feet can be related to a number of different injuries such as plantar fasciitis, knee cap pain, and shin splints just to name a few. As for inserts, having shoe insterts that provide stability would be the goal. I frequently recommend a brand called "Superfeet". They can be purchased in many sporting good stores or on their website. Wearing good shoes is equally important. Go to a good running store where they can recommend a good shoe for you. I like new balance shoes. For more information about various injuries and treatment recommendations, visit http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com Hope this helps....good luck.
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  • Hi, I just want to chime in to say that I have also had flat feet my entire life, without problems. I'm 30 yrs old. Like the other poster with flat feet, I get shin splints if I do any kind of running. I did run regularly for a time, and found that my shin splints improved a bit over time. Though I've always been a slow runner which is a bummer in team sports. Like the other poster, I found that putting the treadmill on a high incline really helped a lot; I highly recommend that, or walking up hill. I also do some occasional hiking, and have had no pain or problems, though I do find that it's a great workout for my ankles and muscles of my feet. On the plus side, my yoga instructor said I have the most flexible feet she's ever seen. I've also never had a sprained ankle or any other kind of foot/leg injury, besides shin splints. Just my 2 cents.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2011
    • 04:25 AM
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