Do you have shin splints or knee pain? The cause could be your foundation, i.e. your feet.
Weak feet or ankles that lack stability can cause several problems. Feet determine which muscles will be emphasized when your body moves. If your feet are weak, then your balance can be off.
To learn more, keep reading!
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Weak feet and instability can contribute to bunions, Morton’s neuroma, Achilles tendonitis, hip bursitis, and plantar fasciitis, which is pain in the tendon that runs along the bottom of the foot.
The kinds of shoes a person wears can make the problem worse. Shoes that don’t offer any arch support, such as flip flops, slip-ons or older shoes that are wearing down, can be a problem.
High-heeled shoes, men’s dress shoes and cowboy boots can also be problems because that kind of footwear is narrow at the front and push the toes together.
A quick way to get an idea of what kind of shoes you need is to wet your foot, step on concrete and check your footprint.
If you see only a heel and toes, it probably means your feet are tight and inflexible. If you see an unbroken print, it means you’ve got flat feet that may be too flexible.
You can check the strength of your feet by trying to pick up a towel or marbles using only your toes. If you can’t do that, it could mean foot weakness or inflexibility.
Also, try standing normally and lifting your big toe without moving the rest of your toes. You should also be able to lift your other four toes while keeping your big toe down.
One way to build strength is by standing on one leg, but for people who are more sedentary or concerned about their balance they should try backing into a corner before standing on one leg. Those folks can can use the corner walls for stability.
By wearing the right shoes and exercising your feet, you can avoid many foot problems and problems up north. But you have to be willing to put in the time, which is well worth it.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.