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Old 12-14-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
Josh Brehm
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Flat feet and training

I have flat feet and I'm wondering what kind of damage I might be doing by working out on them without orthodics? Also, is there any kind of way to fix flat feet by strengthening the tendons involved in the problem? And would it be safe for me to do barefoot/forefoot running with flat feet and no orthodics?
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: Flat feet and training

I too am (was) flat footed. I ditched my orthotics, practice POSE, and wear minimalist footwear and all of this has led to the muscular development of arches into my feet. The comparison is simlar to people who weight train with belts having no core stability from those that don't train with weight belts having an internal muscular "belt".

I will admit that doing the Filthy Fifty in only Tai-Chi's gave me a nasty bout of shin splints... so it might be worthwhile to wear more substantial footwear for high rep jumping WODs.
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:49 PM   #3
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Re: Flat feet and training

Ditto what Tim said except I have (had) only one flat foot. Same problems, same corrections (I used puma h-streets while learning POSE), and same end result.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:44 PM   #4
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Re: Flat feet and training

I am in the process of correcting my feet as well.

Pose method and xfit training with 5 fingers.
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Old 12-15-2007, 06:42 PM   #5
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Re: Flat feet and training

Foot drills helpful for flat feet:
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http://wellness.ndsu.nodak.edu/fitne...footDrills.pdf

Do them every morning for a month and then you get to brag in the testimonials forum about how much stronger and better your feet feel.

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Old 12-15-2007, 09:43 PM   #6
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Re: Flat feet and training

Nthing what everyone else has said. Change to POSE running technique and go barefoot a lot more often. A summer of walking around barefoot gave my archless, pronating foot strong enough arches that the running store employees trying to fit my feet were surprised.
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:53 PM   #7
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Re: Flat feet and training

I too have flat feet

what is this POSE that you all are talking about
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:12 PM   #8
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Question Re: Flat feet and training

Me too...what is this POSE?

I have to have expensive orthotics on ALL THE TIME. If I go barefoot I'm doing the plantar fascitis limp in no time.

I've been doing somem stuff for IFM (instrinsic foot muscles) but that just helps when it hurts. I didn't know it was possible to "Cure" flat feet.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #9
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Re: Flat feet and training

These sites will give you some info (all WFS):

http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/...technique.html

www.posetech.com

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/C...roPreview1.wmv
http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/C...roPreview2.wmv

The December issue of the CFJ has the full video.


You may want to consider buying Dr. Romanov's book, "The POSE Method of Running," although it's not entirely necessary. You can find the same information if you do enough web searching, some people just like having a book to refer to.

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