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Has Anyone Had Flat Foot Surgery?


#1

Has anyone here had, or know someone who has had flat foot surgery and who also lifts weights. I've been flat footed for years and I'm at the point where I can still train, I just have to be very careful. I can't run to save my life though and it's honestly depressing. As soon as I goto run I get shin splints. I have arthritis in my back and want to stop it from progressing before it gets any worse. I've made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. I am very anxious because I have heard people online state that you can not return to squats and deadlifts after having flat foot surgery; however I have found information about a new none invasive surgery. The bad news is the none invasive surgery cost a few thousand dollars, at least when I checked one of the companies who make the titanium stents.

I don't know how I'll get the money, but I much rather have the none invasive surgery for obvious reasons. Basically a stent is placed in the foot to prevent it from collapsing. I am worried however, because this seems like it may only work with flexible flat feet, that is feet that have an arch when not standing, but collapse when standing. I do not have an arch ever, however I can somewhat make an arch but not a good one. This means I have "semi-flexible flat feet". I'm hoping that whatever surgery I need, I can go back to lifting and the recovery time isn't more then 8 months total. They won't do both feet at once. I have come to terms that I will of course loose strength and muscle mass while recovering. I just hope I do not gain weight while I recover.


#2

2 years late here; I’m in the same exact situation as you. I’m not sure if you actually got the surgery or not, but if you did; can you still lift weights?


#3

Improving my glutes and shin muscles has improved my flat feet.

I would try more exercises before surgery.

Maybe even something weird like clamshells, or a $200 Tibialis Anterior Dorsi-Calf Machine, or Sumo Deadlift from knee height in the power rack.