Dr. Najia Shakoor of Rush University Medical Center led a study that shows footwear which allows natural mobility could relieve people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Shakoor’s double-blind experiment included 22 OA patients: 11 who were given flexible shoes to wear for 48 weeks, and 13 who were given stiffer ones. The 11 with flexible shoes showed a 73% improvement in pain, 70% improvement in function, and 42% improvement in quality of life. The 13 with stiff shoes showed improvements of only 37%, 40%, and 11% in the same categories, respectively.
The right type of foot support can make all the difference in your well-being. For advice on proper foot support, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can assist in finding the best footwear for your needs.
The Importance of Proper Foot Support
Feet are the foundation of the body, and just like the foundation of any structure, they must be stable and balanced in order to support the all of the body's weight. If they are not, they could cause many problems.
Bad foot support can cause pain or discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck, and shoulder. It can lead to much less obvious problems as well, like stomach aches and headaches. Issues with the feet can lead to emotional stress and physiological changes in the body, including fatigue, blood sugar problems, and adrenal stress. In order to avoid these issues, you must be sure to wear shoes that provide proper foot support.
Of all the different parts of the foot, the arch is the one that needs the most support. This vital structure handles most of the pressure exerted during movement--for each mile someone walks, the arch bears between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds of stress. Arch height varies greatly from one person to another, and changes as a person ages. Proper support can prevent many musculoskeletal problems that may cause inactivity or even disability.
When searching for footwear, one must remember to buy shoes that fit well and that properly support the feet.
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