Low arches and squatting

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    Low arches and squatting


    I have extremely low arches, in fact, I'm damn near flat-footed. Could this be part of the reason why I have trouble squatting? When I go low my knees want to go inwards. Also I feel alot of pressure on my shins...

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    It might be.. you can get inserts for your shoes that might take some of the pain away from you shins. If it were me, I might see if I could get an appointment with an orth. doctor to discuss this.. but you might want to make sure you get one that has had some experience with sports and lifting...
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    I also have the nearly-flat feet. I got inserts just as Matthew D says, and it does help tremendously, although I never had as bad a problem with my knees as that.
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    If you cant get the inserts right away you can try placing a black mat (most gyms have them) just under your heel. this will make you lean a little more forward taking the pressure off your shin.
    are you squatting right? since I can't watch your technique its hard to come to a good conclusion to this problem.
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    I tried wearing hiking boots instead of basketball shoes and that seemed to help alot. Also I think that my flexability was a problem, since i've been stretching more squats are alot smoother.
  

  
 

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