Kansas City Foot Specialists January Newsletter
Get on the right foot this year by taking care of your arches!
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Hi ,

We spend so much of our days on our feet, but we don’t often think about caring for them until it’s too late. Maybe not too late in the sense that a problem arises that can’t be treated, but too late in the sense that it could have been prevented in the first place with some basic knowledge and care.

Fallen arches are often a source of pain and other troubles. The tendons in your feet between your toes and your heel make up your arch. A healthy arch has a bit of a curve to it (hence, the name arch), giving it the strength to support the weight of your body. However, if your arches fall flat — due to hereditary factors, foot injury, obesity, or poor footwear — you lose your body’s root of support, and your feet, ankles, and knees suffer for it.

The following tips will help you care for achy arches, whether they are flat already or not:

  • Stretch your feet - Spending a few minutes in the beginning, middle, and end of your day stretching your arches will go a long way toward helping your feet feel great.
  • Wear proper footwear and orthotics - Choose shoes and insoles that fit your arches the best and provide the support your foot needs to reinforce the rest of your body.
  • Give your feet a rest - If your foot starts to get sore, don’t be tough and push yourself; give it a rest. If the pain is prolonged or worsening, see a podiatrist immediately.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight - Additional weight on your feet can cause your arches to collapse. Develop healthy eating habits and a physical routine to stay in shape to help keep your arches in good condition.

Not sure if you have flat feet? Take a water test! Get your feet wet and stand on a blank sheet of white paper. Step back and look at your footprints. Healthy arches will leave a footprint with a decent curve in the middle of the inside of the foot. Flat arches leave a print that pretty much outlines the whole foot.

Do you have arch pain that won’t go away? Do you have questions about how to support your arches? Talk with the professionals at KC Foot to get the help you need today!

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