What Wearing Shoes Without Arch Support Does to Your Feet
Most healthy people don't pay much attention to their feet and ankles until they start to experience pain that interferes with daily life and physical activities. And while acute pain from an injury or accident is generally believed to be the most common source of foot pain, mechanical problems and progressive strains and tears to the bones and connective tissue of the feet are among the most common culprits of foot and ankle pain.
Be Supportive: Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury Prevention in Chattanooga, TN
A little pain from time to time is normal, especially for active people who spend a lot of time on their feet. But like the rest of the human body, all feet are not created equal, and some people require additional support to maintain proper balance and alignment throughout the foot and the rest of the body in order to avoid added stress and eventual injuries to certain parts of the foot.
Most people tend to think of their footwear choices strictly in terms of fashion and style. But getting the right level of support matters beyond running and athletic footwear, and wearing the wrong shoes for too long can not only lead to pain, it can also increase the risk of stress injuries like plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Men and women with low arches (also known as flat feet) need additional support to properly absorb shocks, and to ensure that the pressure from motion is evenly distributed throughout the foot while walking, running, or engaging in other physical activities, to prevent excessive pressure and strain on any one part of the foot, like the heels or joints. Your Chattanooga podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Care, Inc. can determine whether additional arch supports (orthotics) are necessary to help keep the feet and ankles pain and injury free.
Find a Podiatrist in Chattanooga, TN
Chronic foot and ankle pain can be a sign of low arches or flat feet. If you are suffering from pain or have difficulty finding comfortable supportive shoes, you may be a good candidate for orthotics. For more information, contact the Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc. by calling (423) 855-0728 to schedule a consultation with a Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan today.