Posts for tag: Feet
This is a common question many parents ask. There are many common foot conditions children are born with:
- Flat foot (pes planus) is the most common foot condition. This is easily seen in children as the arches of the feet appear “fallen.” Most flat feet in children are not painful, however, some are and they may become painful as the child gets older and becomes more active in sports and other activities. Any parent with a child complaining of persistent foot pain should seek an evaluation by a foot and ankle specialist to ensure there are no problems with the development of their feet such as a Tarsal Coalition
- High arched feet (pes cavus) are less common, but can be a sign of underlying neurological conditions. A high arched foot can become painful due to more weight being placed on the ball of the foot and the heel during activities. High arched feet also can lead to ankle problems as a high arched foot increases the potential for ankle sprains.
- A number of other common conditions exist which are described on our website: Pediatric Foot Problems
If you notice your child limping or your child complains of pain and/or appears unable to keep up with their friends you should seek an evaluation to determine any problems hindering your child’s development and ability to maintain an active lifestyle.
If you have concerns about your child’s feet, call us for an appointment today!
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body—complex structures consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints and 126 muscles and ligaments. They support your weight, act as a shock absorber, serve as a lever to propel the leg forward and help maintain balance.
Since your entire body is interrelated, any mechanical issues with the feet can lead to chronic musculoskeletal problems in other parts of the body, including your back.
One common foot disorder affecting the back is excessive pronation. Also known as flat feet, this condition causes the foot’s arch to flatten and collapse under the body’s weight. While a normal arch promotes stability and alignment of the entire body, the ability to cushion and absorb forces is greatly reduced when the arch is collapsed. As a result, increased stress is placed on the joints of the body. This continued stress can cause deformities of the foot over time, such as misaligned bones, hammertoes and bunions, eventually making its way to the legs, knees and lower back.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, visit Ankle & Foot Clinic of Everett for an evaluation. Your feet may be the source of your pain. If your back pain is caused by poor biomechanics of the feet, orthotics may be an effective treatment option. These custom devices are designed to support and restore the arch of your foot. Restoring the normal alignment of the foot helps normalize the posture and alignment of the lower body. This can reduce unnecessary stress to areas of your back.
The shoes you are wearing may also be contributing to your back pain. Good, proper fitting footwear will provide your feet with the support they need to stabilize your body’s weight and relieve the stress on the rest of your body.
If you suffer from back pain, visit your Everett podiatrist for an evaluation. Your feet may be causing your pain. With proper treatment, you can achieve proper foot biomechanics and eliminate your back pain once and for all.