Over pronation of the feet (also known as dropped arches and flat feet) accounts for nearly all orthotics made. Only about 5 % of orthotics will be made for high arches and about the same number to help heal wounds.
We estimate that around 40% of the population have symptoms that would benefit from using arch supports. Given that only 5% of the Australian population does, there are a lot of people out there suffering pain unnecessarily.
It is obvious to think that there is probably something wrong with your feet when that is where the pain is located. What many people don’t realise is that poor foot function can cause widespread pain across your body.
Think of your skeleton like a multi-storey building. How can the window frames of the top floor be straightened if the crumbling foundations are never fixed? Treatments including rest, massage and anti-inflammatory medication will probably help to relieve the pain until the movements that cause the pain occur again. Unfortunately, when that is just standing or walking, relief will be short lived.
Here are two diagrams showing the most common places to experience pain due to poorly working feet.
- Diagram 1 shows the bottom surface of the foot.
- Diagram 2 shows a whole body from the back. The kneecaps are also indicated on this picture.
Timing of the pain.
All of these conditions involve the over exertion of a structure, usually because the body is using it at the wrong angle, wrong time or in the wrong way. This stirs up an inflammatory response in that body part and there are classic times when these conditions will be worst.
The first few minutes out of bed can be very painful as all soft tissue shrinks when cold and needs time to ‘warm up’ with movement, just like an athlete would do to prevent injury before working hard. Often the intensity of the pain will lessen with movement and then return if activity is prolonged. In 2/3 of cases, standing still is worse for the injury than walking.
If any of these patterns of pain sound familiar to you, it may be that a visit to the podiatrist is long overdue. Call us today to see if we can help you achieve immediate pain relief and long term correction. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could Walk Without Pain?