ROCHESTER, Minn. — Ongoing pain along the inside of the foot and ankle merits a visit to the doctor, according to the March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter That pain could be a symptom of fallen arches — a change in the tendon that normally provides stability for walking and support for the foot’s arch. Journalists can become a member of the Mayo Clinic News Network for the latest health, science and research news and access to video, audio, text and graphic elements that can be downloaded or embedded. In this article, I would like to provide you all the important information that you require about the shoe inserts.
According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 47% of Americans have experienced some form of foot pain in their life. Foot pain can affect every part of the foot, including the sole, arch, heel, and toes. Most causes of foot pain can be treated very easily, but there are different circumstances where surgery is necessary. A heel spur is a small hook of bone that forms on the heel bone. Heel spurs occur in almost 70% of patients with planter fasciitis. See a podiatrist is you think you have either condition. The podiatrist can determine the condition by taking and reviewing an X-Ray.
We have become slaves to the god of fashion irrespective of the pain and suffering, foot deformities, and poor posture that being in style may cause. Nature did not design our bodies to be thrown off balance by high heels. Nor did nature design human feet to be tightly imprisoned in leather jackets which shut out all life-giving air and sunlight, preventing them from functioning and moving normally. Judging from the shapes of most so-called stylish shoes, one would think our feet were constructed primarily to fit the peculiarities of the shoe rather than the shoe being designed primarily to accommodate the physiological requirements of the human foot.
You may think you can’t run if you have fallen arches, but this is only true if you don’t take preventive measures to eliminate any strain on your feet, knees and legs. While there may be a minority of people with fallen arches whose feet don’t roll inward or overpronate when they run or walk, the majority of flat-footed people do overpronate. Not controlling overpronation can result in many forms of problems and injuries to your feet, knees and legs. Diagnosing Overpronation There are different medical conditions for which one needs to see a podiatrist. The following information will give you a rough idea of when you should see one.
Most human feet have arches much like the ones in some bridges and other architectural structures. And much like these man-made structures, our bipedal arch turns out to be a useful engineering phenomenon. “The arches distribute weight evenly across the feet and up the legs, and can affect walking. A well-developed arch is balanced between rigidity (for stability and flexibility (for adapting to surfaces)” 1 As a daily therapy treatment to exercise and massage the foot tendons and encourage formation and maintanence of the arches of the feet, the Japanese bamboo foot massager is an excellent and highly effective treatment device for flat feet.