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Old Today, 02:31 PM
 
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Actually, you are both right...

There are two types of flat feet....flexible and rigid...

Flexible flat feet don't require treatment, and in fact treatment with orthotics might aggravate what is normally an asymptomatic condition...

Rigid flat feet, which it sounds like you had, is best served by treatment like you suggest.
Oh, thank you, thank you. For many, many years whenever I mention I have flat feet someone tries to push arch supports on me. When Ive used them my arches hurt like the blazes and I'd get rid of them. Im 47 y.o. now & arch supports were suggested again, today. & I was like what am I missing? I run great, I ice skate like a Soviet. But, finally, Ive been enlightened & affirmed. Thank you! (What brought me here is metatarsalgia in my R foot (it snuck up on me) bc of poor flimsy footwear choice. Real running shoes for casual or cushion pad inserts from now on).
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Old Today, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I would THINK orthotics can only help. And Amazon has a large selection where one does NOT have to spend $100's on custom ones. It's a good start and I don't have flat feet but arthrtic feet and wear orthotics from amazon. Grandkids wear custom as does my daughter who has a collapsed tendon and kids have flat feet, both are athletic.
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Old Today, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, IL
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You can go to a specialist but it is usually not a big deal - doubtful it can be "corrected" at such a late age but it usually doesn't need anything:

Normally, flat feet disappear by age six as the feet become less flexible and the arches develop. Only about 1 or 2 out of every 10 children will continue to have flat feet into adulthood. For children who do not develop an arch, treatment is not recommended unless the foot is stiff or painful.

Here's more about a few exceptions: https://www.healthychildren.org/Engl...en-Arches.aspx
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Old Today, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, IL
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Sorry - double posted somehow.

Anyway, I have flat feet and they've never given me any trouble, no special treatment as a kid or adult.
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Old Today, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, IL
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Thanks! That further validates the importance of seeing a podiatrist for diagnosis!
Probably don't even need to go straight to a podiatrist unless the pediatrician says there's an issue.
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