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Flat foot solutions, surgery, recovery

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 29, 2006
  • 01:55 AM

Seeking input about solutions for one flat foot, which is painful. Dr.advised surgery to replace tenden. He would remove a tenden from another part of my leg and insert it into my foot to hold the arch up. Recovery involves being off my foot for 8 weeks. He said other foot will go also.

Anyone willing to offer input, suggestions. share your experiences.

I currently don't have health insurance, my employer doesn't offer it. Any suggestions?

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  • I had surgery which removed the plantar tendon and reattached the Achilles tendon. The ankle was 'broken' and realigned with screws. OUCH!!It takes MUCH longer than eight weeks. Mine was April 05 and I still have effects!Get a second opinion!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 03:37 AM
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  • Surgery will not correct this problem in the least; in fact it will make matters worse.The best solution for flat feet (Pes Planus) is shoe insoles/inserts. I’m flat footed in both feet and for the past two years I have used inserts, and before this (from the time I was sixteen; I am now 37) I bought shoes with raised arches, those massage sandal thingy’s. I even have insoles in my gum boots/welly’s or the pain is terrible without them.I also wear lace up ankle boots, but I am hyper mobile in all my joints so my ankles aren’t too hot either.The insoles are soft but firm enough for appropriate support and good quality ones that I buy from a sports shoe specialist last ages. I was first assessed by standing on a machine that measures how much pressure is applied on different areas of your feet when standing; then they decided which insert was most appropriate.If you are hyper mobile or suffering the more painful condition like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, surgery doesn’t work as it is a connective tissue disorder. The best solutions for loose joints are supports and learning how to best move your body without injuring it which can be learnt by one on one sessions with a Pilates practitioner.May be you should also visit www.ehlers-danlos.org for more info if you suspect you may be hyper mobile EDS, as you say you are in pain.All the best,Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 06:39 AM
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