TL;DR? Foot notes: I have flat feet, very very flat feet. Extreme pain working standing up all day, orthopedics not helping, people with very flat feet commonly have severe pain when standing for long periods,a corrective surgery is 5k+ 20 week of recov between both feet.
An alternative is exercises for feet, going barefoot, not using foot othotics (weaken feet). Should I foam roll feet and calves and consider getting vibram five finger shoes (they actually have size 15s! lol) because apparently its the next best thing to being barefoot.
So my mother (a nurse) has always told me I have flat feet, very very flat feet lol. I never really understood why that is a bad thing until now. Some of you probably remember a previous post about foot pain working as a dishwasher for 9 hour shifts with little movement etc, a big cause of foot pain..well flat feet make it a lot worse than if I had normal arches.
My feet ache very badly.. pain in my ankles and whole foot plus tightness and discomfort in my legs,specifically my calves due to a change in my gait due to having no arches which makes my calves very tight.
Ive been reading about fallen arches and orthotics etc. Ive gotten shoe inserts and they give my feet relief for about an hour or two then nothing. Ive read the best way to improve my feet without a surgery running about 5k and 10 weeks of recovery (one foot at a time) is walking barefoot as much as possible, never wearing shoe inserts and stretching exercises like spreading your toes and holding it 10 times for ten second periods etc.
So my questions are as follows,should I start foam rolling my calves and feet? I figure atleast it will losen my calves. What can't foam rolling solve? lol. If anyone is a foot doctor out there (I know someone has to be!) any ideas? last question.. Do you think I should get those vibram five finger shoes..thy're suppose to be the next best thing to being barefoot anyway.