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Thursday, 21 December 2017 02:05

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE FLAT FEET

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Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed making the sole of the foot completely, or almost completely, in contact with the ground. About 20 to 30% of the population has flat feet. But why you ask? Simply because the arch never formed during growth.

Having flat feet can sometimes make it difficult to walk due to the stress it places on the ankles. The general alignment of your legs can be thrown off because the ankles move more inward. When this happens, some might experience major discomfort.

Can I have ‘flat feet’ even though my feet don’t completely touch the ground? The answer is yes. Here are some symptoms of flat feet: pain around the heel or arch area, trouble standing on the tip toe, swelling around the inside of the ankle, flat look to one or both feet, and having your shoes feel uneven when worn. 

There are a number of ways to help treat flat feet. One way is going barefoot. Studies have shown that those that grew up going barefoot or wearing less closed-toed shoes actually have more of an arch because the general strength and fullness of the arch increased. Also, those with flat feet have a weaker Achilles tendon, and exercise to the area will help stretch the tendon. 

If you have any questions about flat feet, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.

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Winter is upon us and that means harsh winds, snowy driveways, and icy sidewalks. Here at Suffolk Foot and Ankle, we do provide treatment and repair of all kinds of foot and ankle injuries. But we also are proactive about preventing such painful occurrences! So before you take an afternoon walk or go to the grocery store this winter, take a look over these tips on how to prevent ankle and foot injury! 

  1. Make sure your shoes or boots support your ankle. Ankle support is extremely important as it provides stability as you walk, as well as if you trip, slip, or fall. A well supported ankle is less likely to roll and be sprained as it has limited mobility.

  2. Make sure your shoes or boots have treads on the bottom. Friction is key. With the varying ground surfaces that come along with a harsh winter, we must have footwear that can tackle it all. A shoe with no or little tread is more likely to slip on a wet or icy surface which could lead to multiple serious injuries.

  3. Make sure your laces are tied. This all comes back to fit and support. Fitting shoes properly to your feet will help your foot move more naturally, and avoid future foot problems. But even if your shoe fits properly, it will not perform properly unless the shoe is tied.

If you have any questions about proper protective winter footwear, or have any concerns about possible injuries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.



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