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Proper Foot SupportDr. 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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Footloose and fancy free? Not so much. Kim Kardashian's swollen feet strained against her perspex stilettos yesterday in Beverly HillsCelebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Julianne Moore love to don stylish shoes. Such improper footwear can cause foot problems, especially when worn consistently.  

Kardashian was sighted with stilettos that showed her swollen ankles while Moore wore heels so tight her pinky toes seeped out at the ends.  When it comes to fashion, few prefer to opt for more comfortable footwear.

It is important that the right shoes are worn for protection and guard against pain and discomfort. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can make recommendations on how to care and find shoes that fit you, as well as help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health

Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

· This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

· Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

· A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet.

Foot Care

Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.