Friday, January 10, 2014

Flatfeet could slow you down

How is this possible?
The results conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association concluded that a staggering 73 percent of people asked said that they are suffering from foot pain.

The question is: why has foot pain become one of the most common complaints in the examination room?

For many people, this problem can be caused by one of the following: the kinds of shoes they wear, what activities they participate in, or how their feet are formed. Wearing poorly-fitting shoes can turn minor problems into major ones. People who engage in athletic activities are another segment of the population that are mostly affected by foot pain. Factors such as fallen arches, overpronation, and poor support can all be contributing factors to lower extremity pain. Parents can also be the cause of foot-related problems, because genetics play a role how the foot was formed in the womb. This can enhance the likelihood that someone will suffer from an array of painful foot conditions.

The Mechanics of the Foot
Flat feet can cause abnormal rotation of the feet when walking or running. Our feet handle balance, stability, and bear the weight of the body. The parts of the foot that help to keep the foot in harmony with the body include the arch, heel, tarsals and meta-tarsals. The arch provides stability by the following structures: the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Pain can result from raised arches or abnormally-low arches, which can cause the foot to rotate abnormally. With high arches, the body’s weight is abnormally emphasized on the outer edge of the foot (oversupination). Conversely, overpronation happens with fallen arches because the weight of the body is concentrated on the inside of the foot, causing the ankles to roll inward .

Serious Foot Issues May Occur with Flat Feet A quick way to see if fallen arches or high arches are an issue is to find a good area where a foot impression can be made, such as on concrete. Immerse on foot in cold water and then stamp your foot onto the dry surface. Then, lift the foot off the ground and see the impression that is left by the foot. A flat foot with overpronation will leave a complete mark where the entire foot has touched the ground. A high arch will leave just a part of the ball of the foot’s outside portion, and heel of the foot. Either of these arch conditions can cause painful bony growths in the heel because the foot has to deal with too much pressure in places it is not intended to handle.

Orthotics Provide Effective Relief for Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis
People suffering from fallen arches, heel spurs, or who need plantar fasciitis treatment can get relief by using the best orthotics available in their shoes. They offer the needed support to fix the weak structures in the foot, such as those that make up the arch. They also offer cushioning in areas where too much pressure occurs, such as in the heel or ball of the foot. Orthotics are available in an array of sizes and types and are made to keep up with anyone’s activity level.

Make an appointment today for more information. 

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