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By Dr. Pinsker
June 15, 2012
Category: Deformities
Tags: Flat Feet   Orthotic Inserts  

Flat feet refer to a condition where the arches of your feet are flattened causing the entire bottom of the foot touches the ground while standing. Flat feet can occur if your arches do not properly develop during childhood. They may also be caused by traumas to the feet resulting in serious injuries. Other patients develop them as they age; the daily wear and tear on their feet puts enough stress on the arch that it gradually flattens out.

The arches of your feet help to distribute the weight of your body evenly. Flat feet take away from the foot’s ability to support your body, which can put you at risk for potential problems with the muscles and joints in both your feet and knees. In order to correct the alterations brought on by flat feet and make walking more comfortable, follow these helpful tips recommended by Dr. Pinsker!

  • Buy proper shoes. If you suffer from flat feet, you require shoes specific to your condition. Shoes should provide your feet with added support through the arch area to increase stability. Your shoes should have a straight base that will manipulate the motions of your walk in order to improve stability.
  • Use orthopedic devices. The best orthotics are custom-made to specifically fit the shape of each foot. Orthotics can give your feet greater support and cushioning to give you a more comfortable and healthy walking experience. Orthotics can improve your alignment and result in better balance.
  • Stretch your legs, feet and ankles. Make stretching part of your every day routine. It is best to stretch at least three times a day, in addition to before and after any instances of physical activity. Stretching not only keeps your blood properly flowing, but prevents muscles from tightening which can cause irritation.

Flat feet can lead to problems concerning stability and ailments in your lower muscles and joints. If you are experiencing flat feet, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker. Ask Dr. Pinsker to recommend the best shoes and orthotics for your personal needs.

 

 

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