Are you constantly plagued by chronic pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back? You can easily eradicate all that pain and discomfort by investing in a good pair of shoes that provide arch support. Arch supports can be in-built, or they can be purchased separately and placed inside your shoes to provide added support to your feet and prevent easily avoidable aches and pains. Individuals who spend most of their day on their feet, such as doctors or servers, are at a greater risk of suffering from constant arch pain. Understanding the importance of arch support will help you sidestep this easily avoidable problem.
Weak arches that are subjected to continuous pressure and strain are liable to develop tears in the arch muscle. This condition known as plantar fasciitis leads to pain in the heels. If you have been suffering from a searing pain that shoots down the length of your foot every time you put some weight on it, then your arches are surely in need of supplementary support. Look for shoes that have arch support insoles, or buy separate arch supports and slip them into your shoes before you wear them.
Arches can change shape! Pregnant women may find that their arches are flatter than they used to be due to the effect of the weight gain. Individuals who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are also prone to develop flattened arches. Additionally, age also plays a role in changing the shape of the arches. All these factors put an extra strain on the arch muscles and are best treated with appropriate foot wear or separate arch supports. Consult your health practitioner if you are uncertain about which option is best suited to the condition of your arches.
Genetics can also play a role in determining the shape of the arches. Sometimes the arches are poorly developed due to genetic reasons, or they may be weak due to poor foot development during an individual’s early years. Some people are born with flat feet and face a greater risk of developing arch pain. Others develop flat feet and suffer from subsequent arch pain by buying the wrong footwear, or by being overweight for their body frame. Visit your health practitioner, or a podiatrist to determine the best approach to treating your arch pain. Investing in good quality arch support will save you from a lot of pain and discomfort.
Getting used to arch supports is like breaking into a pair of new shoes. For the first few days the arch supports will feel uncomfortable and rigid. However, your arches will soon adjust to their new support system and you will soon notice a decrease in your arch pain.