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If you have flat feet, you've probably become resigned to aches and pains. Luckily, orthotics, prescription shoe inserts offered by your Boise, Nampa/Caldwell and Meridian, ID, podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates can improve your comfort.
Flat feet symptoms
If you have flat feet, the inner part of your arch touches the floor when you stand. Flat feet can make standing or walking for long periods uncomfortable. The condition doesn't just affect your feet but may alter your gait and cause pain in your ankles, lower legs, knees, hips and back. Flat feet make participating in sports, including skiing, difficult and can affect your endurance and performance.
How a visit to the foot doctor can improve your comfort?
Orthotics offer a simple solution if you suffer from flat feet. Your Boise, Nampa/Caldwell or Meridian, ID, podiatrist can design separate orthotics for your shoes and for your ski boots. Ski orthotics support your arch, cushion your foot and keep your feet properly aligned in your boots.
The orthotics prevent your arch from flattening when you make turns, reduce cramping and help you maintain ideal knee alignment. Orthotics also enhance balance and foot stability. Hot spots, particularly on the ankles, are common if your feet slide around in your boots. Your new inserts will prevent your feet from rubbing against the sides of your boot, reducing painful hot spots.
Orthotics improve your "feel" for the terrain, make turns feel more natural and effortless, and improve edge control.
Are you ready to find out what orthotics can do for your feet? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates by calling (208) 327-0627 for the Boise office, (208) 463-1660 for the Nampa/Caldwell office or (208) 888-9876 for the Meridian office.
Find out how to care for flat feet to prevent further issues in the future.
Have you ever really examined your feet? The answer is probably not. But if you want to find out if you have flat feet you better do some investigating. While flat feet don’t always cause issues for people there are certain problems that can arise over time if you suffer from this condition. Find out what complications could affect your foot health later on and when to see one of our Boise podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates.
The Potential Problems of Having Flat Feet
The foot is made up of tons of muscles, bones and tissues. When undue stress is placed on any of these structures it may change how certain areas of the foot take on weight and pressure. Over time, this can lead to issues like flat feet. The arches of the foot offer great support and act as shock absorbers when you walk, jump or run. But if you have flat feet this means the arches are lost, which can reduce shock absorption and increase your chances of getting injured.
Those with flat feet may start to experience chronic pain or discomfort when walking. Since this condition causes the feet to be out of alignment, this can cause issues throughout the rest of your body as well including your ankles, thighs, hips and lower back. As this problem gets worse, the stress placed on your feet can also leave you prone to hip and lower back pain, arthritis and heel spurs.
Treating Flat Feet
Fortunately, flat feet can often be corrected by wearing the proper shoes. Also wearing custom-made orthotics prescribed by your foot doctor in Boise, ID may be able to provide additional support and shock absorption for the foot. Only in rare cases do more invasive treatments like surgery need to be considered.
If you are experiencing any persistent foot problems or think you are dealing with flat feet it never hurts to get it checked out. The foot experts of Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise are here to provide a comprehensive range of treatments and services so that your feet get the best care possible.