Posts for tag: Fallen Arches
With summer fast approaching, many people are breaking out their flips flops. While flips flops are immensely popular, they are one of the worst shoe type that you can wear. Some doctors feel that they can wear one every once awhile, but all doctors agree that they should not be a shoe staple for you or your wardrobe.
Flip flops offer little to no support to your foot. This can lead to heel pain, bone spurs, tendonitis and fallen arches. All of these conditions can lead to months of rehabilitation. A more common condition associated with flip flops are blisters. While blisters are painful, unless you have other underlying conditions, like diabetes or Raynaud’s that will only keep you on the bench for a day or two.
Many doctors see injuries like puncture wounds, broken toes, ripped off toenails, sprained ankles or torn tendons. Flips flops offer no protection to the top of the foot which leaves it open to many outside elements. Every summer, Emergency Room doctors see numerous flip flop related injuries. Podiatrists recommend either sandals with a covering and stable arch, or another popular shoe type, the Croc.
A common condition we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care is fallen arches. In a normal foot, the bottom of the foot should have a slight arch to it. This arch is made by numerous tendons and other connective tissue. When the arch is fallen, this leads to flat feet. Flat feet can be caused by several issues. The tendons in the foot can be over used, irregular since birth, or the foot may have experienced damage that has caused the arch to fall. Other factors include age and obesity. Having flat feet can be extremely painful. Your feet can tire easily and ache even after only mild standing, swelling and pain in legs, heel and lower back.
Diagnosing fallen arches is easy and non invasive. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or would like to have your arches look at, give our office a call today to set up an appointment. Custom orthotics are often the best solution to the problem of fallen arches. Our doctors can also advise you of stretches and other treatment options to help ease the aches of fallen arches.