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    I have normal arch on my feet, but they call me flat-footed whenever I play badminton and other sports!

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    That's funny, I'm actually flat footed, but I'm extremely athletic, playing sports my whole life. I also have a walking idiosyncrasy that I'm known for, I walk on the balls of my feet. All throughout high school I was known as 'Tip Toe' but it never really bothered me, it is just how I learned how to walk.

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    I'm flat-footed, it doesn't seem to affect me much, i think i've gotten used to it, becuase i don't even use special flat foot insoles for my shoes, i last longer than many people without flat foot and short sprints i go faster but longer spints i'm slower because of my shorter legs and i also recover slightly slower because of my weight compared to others

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    Default Answer to Flat footedness

    Quote Originally Posted by ruth1
    this might be a silly question, but how can you tell if you're flatfooted?
    Wet your feet and place it on the ground. If the whole foot appears, you are flat footed. Only 65% of your full feet shoudl appear. That is normal. Flat footed is not a disease. Consider yourself lucky that you don't haf HongKong Foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Fan
    Consider yourself lucky that you don't haf HongKong Foot.
    and that is??

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    Sorry for my ignorance but what's the connection between flat-footedness and non-athleticism? Doesn't that even give more traction when barefoot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylightkiller
    I'm flat-footed, it doesn't seem to affect me much, i think i've gotten used to it, becuase i don't even use special flat foot insoles for my shoes, i last longer than many people without flat foot and short sprints i go faster but longer spints i'm slower because of my shorter legs and i also recover slightly slower because of my weight compared to others
    well ... guess i am in a similar case as yours ...

    i'm also flat-footed (really flat ) ... i used to experience a lot of pain after badminton practices especially when u start to run around a lot ... but got used to it after pushing myself to play regularly ...

    i think weight really plays a part ... it hurts more if i accidentally stamped on the ground to retrieve a "net shot" (pardon me ... not really into technical terms yet) ...

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    I checked out www.flatfoot.com and did the "wet test" to see if I really am flat-footed. I was surprised to see that I am not, because I checked the soles of my shoes and I have abnormal tread-wear


    SHOE BREAK-DOWN & TREAD WEAR
    A symptom to watch for is abnormal shoe wear. People with flat feet typically have shoes that break down the inside wall of the heel counter and outsoles (tread) that excessively wear down on the outside edge of the heel as well as the inside edge of the forefoot.

    My shoes are like that! So how can this be?

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    It could be your footwork too. Most recreational players tend to stand too tall when they play and not consistently on their toes. When you move back to retrieve a punch clear, you probably dragged your heel alittle (wearing down the outer heel part) instead of springing back sideways.

    Quote Originally Posted by versionone_
    I checked out www.flatfoot.com and did the "wet test" to see if I really am flat-footed. I was surprised to see that I am not, because I checked the soles of my shoes and I have abnormal tread-wear


    SHOE BREAK-DOWN & TREAD WEAR
    A symptom to watch for is abnormal shoe wear. People with flat feet typically have shoes that break down the inside wall of the heel counter and outsoles (tread) that excessively wear down on the outside edge of the heel as well as the inside edge of the forefoot.

    My shoes are like that! So how can this be?

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    Unhappy im flat footed and in pain!

    I recently started soccer(football) this summer and my ankles are killing me!

    I was suggested to buy arch implants in my shoes but after reading about things like this i was concerned.

    I was wondering if ne1 had some suggestions.

    The first time i found out i was flat footed at my doctors office he didnt suggest nething.

    HELP!
    PS i would rather recieve an emailed responce rather then through the fromns at hemker24@yahoo.com

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    hiya ... actually its more towards how used to it are you ... I am also flat footed (real flat !! ) but i kinda got used to it so i can wear most of the cross training, badminton or even basketball shoes.... The main thing is that you dont feel pain of strain on your sole ...



    Quote Originally Posted by skater
    I recently started soccer(football) this summer and my ankles are killing me!

    I was suggested to buy arch implants in my shoes but after reading about things like this i was concerned.

    I was wondering if ne1 had some suggestions.

    The first time i found out i was flat footed at my doctors office he didnt suggest nething.

    HELP!
    PS i would rather recieve an emailed responce rather then through the fromns at hemker24@yahoo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by junionwoon
    hiya ... actually its more towards how used to it are you ... I am also flat footed (real flat !! ) but i kinda got used to it so i can wear most of the cross training, badminton or even basketball shoes.... The main thing is that you dont feel pain of strain on your sole ...
    ok... so y am i the only one on the team that has really painful ankles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skater
    ok... so y am i the only one on the team that has really painful ankles?
    sorry .. i was trying to answer your question as to if u need an arch implant in your shoes ...

    i meant that you do not need one if you think u r comfortable with your shoes now ... if not then u can try using the implant.... but take precaution as its pretty dangerous when u r jumping/ running around with your new implants cos u might not be used to it yet ... i tried but felt even more pain ....

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    I'm flat-footed and I was recommended an insole from Spenco from the orthopedist specialist i went to many years and have been wearing them ever since. Its cheaper than those custom made types which cost about USD$180 a pair! I have tried both the arch cushions and orthortic arch support and both are very good!


    http://www.spenco.com/prod_footcare_greenarcus.html

    The orthopedist specialist also mentioned that flat-footed people should maintain their body weight as light as possible especially during old age so that there is not too much pressure on the feet. Yes it is true, when i was at 68 kg, every step feels like your feet is breaking apart after walking for a short period of time. Now with regular exercise and healthy diet, have dropped 10 kg and I don't feel pain on my sole when walking for a long period of time.

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    Im flat footed but it doesnt really affect my badminton play.
    I wear those pads you put in ur shoe, they are uncomfortable and sometimes painful at first as it feels like some bits are moving in ur foot but it gets better.

    I dont think that flat footed people are non-athletic.

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    Wow .. u lost 10kg?? ... care to share your formula? hehe ... i can never seem to lose weight ...



    Quote Originally Posted by koshiru
    I'm flat-footed and I was recommended an insole from Spenco from the orthopedist specialist i went to many years and have been wearing them ever since. Its cheaper than those custom made types which cost about USD$180 a pair! I have tried both the arch cushions and orthortic arch support and both are very good!


    http://www.spenco.com/prod_footcare_greenarcus.html

    The orthopedist specialist also mentioned that flat-footed people should maintain their body weight as light as possible especially during old age so that there is not too much pressure on the feet. Yes it is true, when i was at 68 kg, every step feels like your feet is breaking apart after walking for a short period of time. Now with regular exercise and healthy diet, have dropped 10 kg and I don't feel pain on my sole when walking for a long period of time.

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    hey man,

    i feel the same way. never think that flat-foot makes one non-athletic ... its just that we need to work harder in means or methods to make us more comfortable thats all ... flat foot does not affect one's skills ... probably only slowing down our movements when Pain comes into the picture ...


    Quote Originally Posted by goku999
    Im flat footed but it doesnt really affect my badminton play.
    I wear those pads you put in ur shoe, they are uncomfortable and sometimes painful at first as it feels like some bits are moving in ur foot but it gets better.

    I dont think that flat footed people are non-athletic.

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