I've had preety bad flat feet for aslong as I can remember. While playing football in H.S. I always seemed to role my ankles like every week and my senior year I tore my acl. That was about four years ago but now I believe that my flat feet is causing me problems while lifting and conditioning.
After I squat or deadlift my knees hurts and after I try and do some condtioning my ankels, arches, and knees hurt for a couple days.
My question is is there anything I can do to help with these flat feet because they seem to be the source of the problem. Maybe foam roll idk any help with be appreciated and sorry bout the long post.
My brother actually has the opposite problem- extremely high arches. He HAS to wear orthodotics or he can't hardly move the next day. He is just 21, but the lesson I learned from him is that feet can really make or break you. I would definitely give orthotics a try.
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I have those orthodics that you can purchase at cvs the ones where u step on the machine and it reads your arche level. Those don't seem to be doing me any good. As far as my form is concerned its considered preety good and I wouldn't really wanna give up deads or squats if I can't.
Maybe going to an actual orthopedic doctor would be the best bet but I don't have that kind of money right now.
I started wearing the orthotics you get from that machine as well, 50 bucks is still a rip off but better than 300-400, they might not be as good, but my heel pain has diminished somewhat.
Alright, here's coming from a guy that's in the profession -- part of what I do is make and fit foot orthotics.
First, if your feet are as flat as you say they are those dr scholls that they are using now (you mentioned the scanner) are not going to work well.
As soon as you weight bear onto them they usually will collapse.
If you do decided to purchase custom made ones, don't squat in them, most are made out of plastic or carbon fiber these days and do have weight limit restrictions, THEY WILL CRACK.
Your best bet in terms of "something better than nothing" would be what someone mentioned above, purchasing motion control shoes (new balance, brooks) as these are anti-pronation shoes. they will by no means 'correct' your foot, but they will limit some of your pronation, you can throw in some of those otc orthotics too. goodluck
Last edited by fpr; 09-24-2010 at 05:45 PM.
So would you say the best thing would be to go and get some custom made orthotics because I would hate to have to give up squats, deadlifts, and not able to condition. Also when squating and deadlifting should I just squat in regular shoes without the inserts?