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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 19, 2014
Category: Flat Feet
Tags: Flat Feet   flat arches   arch pain  

There are ways to test yourself for overpronationRunners know the value of a good running specialty store—the staff are specially trained to answer your questions and make solid footwear recommendations based on the needs of your feet, even if you suffer from something like overpronation. Runner’s Factory in Los Gatos, just a few miles from our office, is a great one, though there are others as well.

To put it in simple terms, when you overpronate you excessively roll your feet inward when you transfer weight from your heel to your forefoot, flattening out your arch. In fact, it’s especially common among those with naturally flat feet.

While this is not really an “injury” per se; it throws your whole body out of alignment as you walk or run. Legs, knees, and thighs have to rotate internally in order to compensate, and your muscles and ligaments take on extra stress. As a result, you can develop chronic pain in your feet, ankles, shins, knees, thighs, hips, and even your lower back.

Overpronation also makes you much more susceptible to overuse injuries or other painful foot conditions, especially if you’re a runner or engage regularly in other sports. Some of the most common include shin splints, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bunions, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

You can test to see if you have flat feet by using the “wet test”: Get your feet wet and stand on a piece of paper; if you can see the impression of the whole footprint, you have low arches and very likely overpronate. Another method is checking the tread wear on your shoes: If you’re grinding down the inside first, it’s a good indication that you’re pronating excessively.

If you notice either of these signs, or are struggling with chronic pain in your feet and ankles, the next step is to call the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay for a full evaluation and diagnosis. Fortunately, overpronation is usually treated conservatively via a combination of better shoes and, if necessary, custom-fit orthotics to support the arch and realign your foot. Dial (510) 483-3390 today to set up an appointment at one of our three convenient offices in the East Bay and Silicon Valley.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 18, 2014
Category: Flat Feet

Make sure your footwear supports your arch and heelSan Francisco is iconic for its hilly terrain—the crooked bends of Lombard Street, the cable cars running down California Street, buildings that seem to “lean” if you tilt your head to align with the road. These roads have been used in establishing shots in TV and film and have also terrified tourists attempting to navigate them. Of course, those hills might terrify you, too, if the steepness of the grade is in complete contrast to the utter flatness of your arches.

Flat feet don’t always cause problems—many people live healthy and active lives with little pain despite their shallow arches—but sometimes it causes strain on the muscles and ligaments in your feet and legs due to overpronation (that’s when the feet roll too far inward when you walk or run) and uneven weight distribution. Faulty mechanics in your walking gait can throw your whole body out of whack and ultimately result in chronic issues with your ankles, knees, hips, and back, so if you have any pain from flat feet, it’s best to deal with it early.

First, make sure you’re wearing comfortable, supportive shoes in good repair that stabilize your arch and heel. If pain persists, or if you find that the soles of your shoes are wearing quickly or unevenly—overpronaters are especially prone to blowing out their treads at record speed—you may benefit from a pair of custom orthotics. We’ll take precise measurements of your feet and build you a shoe insert that can provide addition support to your arch and ankles and even correct your gait by preventing your feet from rolling too far inward.

Stretching and physical therapy can also help with pain from flat feet, especially if a tight Achilles tendon is contributing to overpronation issues. Leg and calf stretches can be helpful here—with both feet pointed ahead, step forward with one leg, bending at the knee. Keep both feet flat on the ground and the trailing leg straight. Hold the stretch and repeat.

If you have pain from flat feet, don’t trudge through it—you don’t have to feel like you’re climbing Filbert Street all by yourself. Call Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390 for an evaluation and treatment at one of our three convenient offices—San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.

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