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Collapsed Arches or Flat Feet? ?>

Collapsed Arches or Flat Feet?

I recently was asked about collapsed arches, so I did some research. From what I’ve found, in the end collapsed arches and flat feet are the same. The difference is how they become flat. Information about inherited “flat feet” is pretty slim, so I’m going to go out on a limb and make some educated guesses. Some (many) people with inherited flat feet don’t seem to have musculoskeletal problems. It looks like their bodies were “built” to a specification that…

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Neuromas Really Hurt ?>

Neuromas Really Hurt

Does the bottom of your foot tingle, burn or feel numb? If you have one or more of these symptoms you might be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma: Tingling, burning, or numbness Pain A feeling that something is inside the ball of your foot A feeling that your sock is bunched up So, what is a neuroma? A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissues and may occur in almost any part of the body. This thickening, or enlargement, is the…

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Your Feet Need Support Too ?>

Your Feet Need Support Too

Don’t Neglect Your Feet, They Need Support Too. Although it seems pretty obvious that the human body was not designed to walk or stand on hard surfaces all day long, many of us wear footwear that does nothing to soften the impact to our feet, legs, and back. Even more obviously bad for us, but done in the name of high fashion, are high heeled and pointy toed shoes. The results of this neglect, or ignorance, are ailments like plantar…

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Hammer Toes Ain’t Pretty ?>

Hammer Toes Ain’t Pretty

Summertime is coming and the last thing you want is to have bent up hammer toes sticking out of those cool new sandals from Happy Feet Plus. If you want your feet to look as great as those new sandals read on. What if you have been wearing shoes that are too tight either in width or length? One outcome could be hammer toes. Sometimes hammer toes are an inherited (thanks mom and dad) or are the result of earlier…

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3 Arches of the Foot ?>

3 Arches of the Foot

As promised here’s some info about the three arches of your foot. Most of this information is taken from content that can be found at happyfeet.com/3-arches.aspx. The bones provide the framework around which the ligaments, tendons and muscles form the supporting structure of the foot. The largest longitudinal arch is the Medial Arch. It is located on the inside of the foot and is typically described as “Flat”, “Normal” or “High” (see last week’s blog for more information). The Lateral…

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Do You Know Your Arch Type? ?>

Do You Know Your Arch Type?

Do you know whether you have a high arch or flat feet? Everyone knows that to get a proper fit you need footwear of the right length and width for your feet. That’s pretty much a “duh” statement. But did you know that it’s just as important to get footwear with the right arch support for your specific foot type? To get the proper support to align your body you need good arch support like you will find in footwear…

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Stinky Footwear – There is a Fix ?>

Stinky Footwear – There is a Fix

It may not be PC to talk about stinky shoes, but let’s face it – stinky shoes do happen. Shoes stink because feet sweat. Well, not directly but that’s where it begins. Your feet sweat and make the insides of your shoes damp. Guess what likes damp dark places? Bacteria! And the bacteria likes to eat your dead cells and oils from your skin. Of course once the bacteria has feasted the next step is the creation of waste products….

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Support your feet in the morning ?>

Support your feet in the morning

Do you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis (aka “heel pain”)? Do your knees or back hurt? Often times the cause of the pain starts at your feet. Last week I told y’all about my experience finding relief from Plantar Fasciitis. This week I thought I’d mention the importance of supporting your feet at all times, especially in the morning. When you first get out of bed you may not think that going barefoot would be a problem. But over night your…

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Plantar Fasciitis ?>

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis. Two words that make you sweat if you’ve ever been stricken by the dreaded arch pain. During the 2009 NFL football season even a player as carefully watched as Eli Manning developed Plantar Fasciitis. Quite a few years ago I experienced the pain of Plantar Fasciitis. Not only did my heel hurt but I had a stabbing “sciatic” pain in my hamstring and glute. Worse it disrupted my long-distance running. Three cortisone treatments at the Orthopede didn’t work….

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