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Problems and Treatment of High Foot Arches

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

The arch of the foot is essential for supporting weight and movement, but high arches can lead to various issues. Identifying high arches can be done through methods like the wet footprint test or medical evaluation by a podiatrist. Problems associated with high arches include plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, claw toes, and hammer toe. Foot and ankle instability, often stemming from altered walking patterns and increased pressure, may also be the result of high arches. Custom orthotic devices, and wearing specialized shoes can offer relief. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be needed to enhance foot stability. A podiatrist can conduct a thorough examination and determine the appropriate treatment options. To correct foot problems brought on by high arches, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Bruce Smit, DPM from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frankfort, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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