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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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sports injuriesThe stunning part of the fight between Manny Pacquiao and boxer Tim Bradley isn’t that Bradley lost; the mystery is why the beginning of the fight was a total domination by Bradley. Many are commenting that had Tim Bradley not sustained a brutal calf injury, he may have won that fight hands down.

This fight prompted many to suggest that Manny Pacquiao, long considered a legendary fighter, is losing his edge. Pacquaio is definitely not in his prime anymore.

Regardless of what people are speculating, the two boxers are set to have a third fight very soon which will most definitely settle, once and for all, who the better fighter truly is.

Playing with a sports foot or ankle injury can bring on unnecessary risks. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of The Foot Doctor of East Bay. Dr. Stein will treat your foot and ankle conditions.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

For more information about Playing Sports with Foot Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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