Some lucky people will go through their entire life without a single foot or ankle problem. Other people will have issues intermittently. A select few will have problems all of their lives. Some people have pain from high activity levels while others have pain from low activity levels. When it comes down to it, not all feet are created equal. Every single foot is unique.
The foot has bones (26 of them), muscles, tendons and joints. It receives the bulk of the bodies weight and constant pressure and stress. It is recommended that the average person gets 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy and active. That is 365,000 steps a year! The shoes we wear, the activities we partake in, and our genetics all play a key role in the fate of our feet. Time, overuse, injuries and normal wear and tear make the foot less amenable. As we age we tend to encounter more and more problems with our feet.
There are 3 basic types of feet:
Normal Feet – These feet have a good structure and arch. They are good feet for day to day life. These feet tend to have problems from overuse, bad shoes or trauma.
High Arched Feet – These feet have high arches. They have a hard time absorbing the shock that comes with activities that use the feet. High arched feet can cause back problems and can developed clawed toes.
Flat Feet – Flat feet have a very low, or no arch. They are a very common type of feet. They are prone to tiredness, achiness, and arthritis.
There are even more types of feet out there, that are more complicated than those listed above. A trained podiatrist can tell you exactly how your feet are composed and how they compare to the general population. Your feet are unique and your podiatrist should assist you in exploring this strengths and weaknesses. Would you like a consult regarding your feet? Have some pain that you’ve been worried about? At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC, in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Alan Discont can examine, diagnose and treat any issues you are having with your feet and ankles. His individualized treatment plan will have you and your unique feet feeling like brand new. Call 480-732-0033 or request an appointment online,