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    After my ankle injury for right foot, it became very weak. Doctor says it's because i put too much stress on it (playing badminton) while it was still injured and the tendons were loose. Hence, it became flat. Then i got those special insoles for correcting alignment etc. After a couple of months, i noticed arch higher, but my right knee is in great pain. If i had another chance, i wouldn't have gotten that. The knee hinders me greatly now, and if only...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BethuneGuy
    After my ankle injury for right foot, it became very weak. Doctor says it's because i put too much stress on it (playing badminton) while it was still injured and the tendons were loose. Hence, it became flat. Then i got those special insoles for correcting alignment etc. After a couple of months, i noticed arch higher, but my right knee is in great pain. If i had another chance, i wouldn't have gotten that. The knee hinders me greatly now, and if only...
    Normally, people do not fit customized foot orthoses for an ankle injury or for any injury from sports, unless the injuries are caused by malaligned foot. Anyway, can you give more details about the special insoles that you used?

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    The custom made Orthotics are amazing. They're not cheap but they're
    really worth it.

    Several months ago, after a tournament I got a foot pain that I could barely walk but continued to play more because I wanted to train for another upcoming tournament but my foot hurt so much I had to stop.
    Went to see a doctor who told me to rest, when I rested the pain seemed to go away but it came back everytime I started playing again, so bad that I couldn't even stand for a period of time. It was very frustrating.

    Finally, I went to see a Podiatrist whom my friend recommended and
    guess what? my pain was related to being very flat-footed. He prescribed
    a pair of custom made Orthotics for my sport shoes (to raise my arch)
    and I wear them ALL THE TIME, it's now been 2 months since I first wore them and I've been playing for about a month now, the pain doesn't
    disappear overnight but it slowly goes away. I still have a little pain
    but that's nothing. I even played in a tournament last weekend and still
    okay with it.



    Quote Originally Posted by kwun
    what effect does the custom orthodicts have? does it "heal" the flatfooted-ness? or just more comfortable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar
    The custom made Orthotics are amazing. They're not cheap but they're
    really worth it.

    Several months ago, after a tournament I got a foot pain that I could barely walk but continued to play more because I wanted to train for another upcoming tournament but my foot hurt so much I had to stop.
    Went to see a doctor who told me to rest, when I rested the pain seemed to go away but it came back everytime I started playing again, so bad that I couldn't even stand for a period of time. It was very frustrating.

    Finally, I went to see a Podiatrist whom my friend recommended and
    guess what? my pain was related to being very flat-footed. He prescribed
    a pair of custom made Orthotics for my sport shoes (to raise my arch)
    and I wear them ALL THE TIME, it's now been 2 months since I first wore them and I've been playing for about a month now, the pain doesn't
    disappear overnight but it slowly goes away. I still have a little pain
    but that's nothing. I even played in a tournament last weekend and still
    okay with it.
    You will see more improvement over the next 6 to 10 months. Based on my own experience I achieved optimum improvement after about 12 months. I used to be weighed down by heavy duty knee braces. I don't use them now. I cannot for the life of me understand why there are so many players, young and old, wearing knee braces, who never give custom made orthotics a second thought and who are seemingly happy with knee braces that don't really cure the problem. I think it is more a case of penny wise pound foolish.

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    Erm, I am very flat footed, I used to get knee problem wearing normal badminton shoes, but now I just use a pair of New Balance cross trainer meant for flat-footed ppl, and it worked fine for me.

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    I got this from a book that was written by Dr. Allan M. Levy in 1993
    , he is team Physician for the New York Giants and formerly, the New
    Jersey Nets and New York Islanders.

    " Flat feet:
    Bones, muscles, and tendons under the foot create an arch in most people.
    Some people, however, are born with "fallen arches," or flat feet. Contrary
    to popular belief, flat feet are not a problem for athletes. In fact, flat feet
    usually are more flexible, have greater range of motion, and are better able
    to absorb the shock of running and jumping.

    It is the athletes with high arches who are more injury-prone. An unusually
    high-arched foot is more rigid and has less range of motion during quick,
    agile movements. Also, a foot that's precariously balanced on the heel and
    ball has poor shock-absorbing ability.

    Many children start off with flat feet, but the vast majority develop normal
    arches as they grow. Until recently, flat-footed children were frequently
    treated with orthotics and perhaps surgery to create a higher arch. But
    few studies have shown that wearing a particular shoe or arch support
    can make a significant difference in the development of an arch. Most
    doctors now feel that flat-footed people should not limit their activities
    and do not need special treatment. Seek medical care only if your feet
    hurt."



    Quote Originally Posted by kwun
    how many of us are flat footed badminton players?

    flat-footed-ness is usually associated with non-athleticism. i was told that Chinese athletic schools will reject students who are flatfooted. i wonder how that actually affect a game.

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    well im not flat-footed but according to the chart on the 1st page im just normal footed so i guess thats good. i mean being flat-footed can slow down those who dont try and overcome cause ive seen like special shoes for people with flat feet but i dont really think that its a big deal if your flat so yea thats my 2cents worth.

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    Default Terrible....

    Its too bad eh? Most people in the poorer countries of asia have flat feet because they wear slippers and sometimes go barefeet. Proper running shoes and a foot doctor can help. They add pads to your shoe and help support your feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun
    i am surprised to see (so far) nearly 40% of all responsed are flat-footed. i had thought that the % of flat-footed players are less than that.
    Bear in mind that this is a self-selecting sample to some extent. It's like those internet movie reviews (eg. the reviews on Amazon.com DVDs/videos): people only ever bother to rate a movie if it's one of their favourites (or occasionally if they hate it), which gives misleading 4 or 5 star ratings for just about every film.

    People who ARE flat-footed will be more likely to read this thread and vote than people who are not.

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    Jaguar,

    That's a very interesting article. Thanks.

    His idea certainly runs contrary to traditional thinking.

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    I used to be a regular here on BC, but I have been away for a long while and have changed my "name".
    This post is very interesting to me because I have foot problems and have spent large amounts of time researching my injuries and their causes. I don't have flat feet, but my little sister does. She is a phenomenal athlete--a collegiate national racquetball champion, a collegiate softball player and an All State basketball and volleyball player in High School, and a pretty darn good badminton player.
    I say this in response to posts regarding flat footed athletes possibly being inferior. I think "flat footedness" has about as much influence on an athletes capability as the color of her/his eyes does--meaning absolutely nothing. All great athletes had to work hard to become great whether thay have flat feet, high arches, brown eyes, or asthma.
    My other point is that no two feet are the same. My own two feet are not the same. One has a higher arch than the other. Every person has different feet and orthotics/orthoses are going to have a different affect on the wearer depending on many, many factors--including the skill of the podiatrist who made them. Some people will get lucky and have an over the counter shoe insert work for their situation; however, if you have a foot that needs an orthotic, chances are you need a good podiatrist to cast and make or have made your particular type of insert.
    The earlier post that had the three different types of feet that you could match by stepping in water and then onto a paper or something is a good general measurement, but it is not always accurate. I have a normal, good arch by that standard. However upon further observation by my very capable podiatrist, I found out that I have a nearly perfect arch--until I walk or run, and even then it is perfect until my "push-off" in which I severly overpronate. Over time, and with training to run a marathon (because there is not one single badminton court in the town I now live in) my foot developed a severe inflammation and resulting pain. The cause of the pain was the constant, repetitive motion of running. In years of badminton and racquetball, I never injured my foot because the motion is not constant and repetitive--it is varied.
    My podiatrist also is making me some custom sport othoses now. I will wear them when I run, and when I play racquetball until my foot is healed. After that I will only wear them when I run. These orthoses will cost me $275.00 (US), but they are guaranteed to last 9 years. Each year I will need to take them back to a podiatrist for a quick, cheap ($20.00) refurbishing because the soft cushioned part will break down. This seems very reasonable to me.

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    Wink :)

    thank God im not flat-footed, just have a normal feet..... but if u are really interested in such games, being flat-footed wouldn't be such a problem!! right guys??....

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    Default orthotics

    Yeah I realised I had flat feet after seeing an orthopedist (whatever he's called). Anyway the flat feet apparently is the culprit for my extreme back pain (together with my scoliosis, S-shaped spine). I was lucky that the flatness hadn't gone into the extreme where nothing else can be done.

    I wear a pair of orthotics now (was very expensive in Canada, C$400--about S$200 in Singapore). It's just shoe inserts made from plastics and customised for yr feet. I have no more pain when I am running long distance.

    My friend got away just with those generic gel shoe inserts you can find from many sport stores (Dr Scholl's stuff).

    But I don't see it as helping my badminton ...was kinda hoping though.

    But I have to carry those orthotics when buying a new pair of shoes. And not so many places in Asia (Singapore) to get customised shoes. The "New Balance" store in Canada (Toronto) have those for flat feet, wide feet, or whatever feet you have. Their court shoes I heard are very nice too.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun
    how many of us are flat footed badminton players?

    flat-footed-ness is usually associated with non-athleticism. i was told that Chinese athletic schools will reject students who are flatfooted. i wonder how that actually affect a game.
    I'm flat-footed. I have been playing active badminton for a little over a year now. A few months ago, I started taking up advance badminton training and usually experienced pain in my arch after doing a couple of drills. I tried looking for badminton shoes designed for flat-footed athletes but to no avail. I also have come acrossed the "flat-foot insole" but haven't tried it yet. Anyone who has used this product? Can it help with my arch-pain problem? Can anyone recommend a good badminton shoes that best fits flat-footers?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtdy69
    I'm flat-footed. I have been playing active badminton for a little over a year now. A few months ago, I started taking up advance badminton training and usually experienced pain in my arch after doing a couple of drills. I tried looking for badminton shoes designed for flat-footed athletes but to no avail. I also have come acrossed the "flat-foot insole" but haven't tried it yet. Anyone who has used this product? Can it help with my arch-pain problem? Can anyone recommend a good badminton shoes that best fits flat-footers?

    Thanks!
    I have the same problem any recommendations anyone?
    Actually my arc is up when im sitting down and me feet arent touching the ground, but when I stand up, they still go flat. When I move back-left to hit a shuttle, I have hard time because my left foot tils outwards. also my right foot is albeit lower than my left about half an inch giving me slight back pains sometimes.. but this I love badmnton and this isnt going to stop me from playing :-D

    Are there any special shoes out there?
    Last edited by muzikfreakah; 12-08-2004 at 11:07 PM.

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    GOSH! when i voted in the poll, i had entirely misunderstood the question! (now i realise! ) i was thinking of 'flat-footedness' as just an expression to mean the player is not on constant move about the court in chase of the shuttle. well, it's the term my father always uses when he reprimands me on my stone figure when on court .. but i think i've set my mentality right now and am dy-ving for every shot

    my apologies for messing up the poll! i have normal feet

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    im REALLY flat footed...to tell u the truth...even after i got my orthodics (the cheap dr sholl ones) i couldn't see a BIG amount of change in my athletic abilities...i just felt a little more bouncy on the court and i could control my rythm better....so yeh...

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