Athletes Beware: Overpronation and Arch Pain Cannot Be Ignored

Published: 16th September 2009
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Arch pain and over-pronation can cause issues for people in every stage of life and can even distress an athlete's performance in every way. For those who suffer from this type of pain, there are 3 likely causes that many people may not even know about. Most of the causes are avoidable, whereas many can be inherited. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 3 of the avoidable causes for arch pain include pointed-toe heels, shoes that are too snug, and insufficient arch support. These poor decisions can all bring on painful foot disorders like bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. The Mayo Clinic reports that 2 of the genetic foot conditions that can bring on over-pronation and arch pain include fallen arches or arches that are markedly high. Here we explain some foot procedures that fix these disorders and how each of them can be resolved.

Overview of Heel Spur Relief Procedures

Some of the inherited foot disorders include either fallen arches or excessively high arches. Both arch problems can affect anyone, including athletes. The result of a fallen arch can be arch pain and over-pronation because this weakened part of the foot is not functioning as it should. When this part of the foot malfunctions, over-pronation occurs which can bring on a heelspur, a bony protrusion in the heel. Surgery is sometimes needed to remove the bonespur and relieve the dicomfort. The surgeon will use a bone saw to cut away the superfluous bone which will eliminate the irritation, tearing, and swelling it had been causing. The best solution for treating both types of arch problems so heel spurs can be avoided is by supplying the foot with proper arch support through orthotics.

Bunions Aren't Always Hereditary

Removal of a bunion, or a bunionectomy, is the process through which the bony bump just above the arch is shaved down to achieve a more natural foot profile and width. In the most serious cases where the big toe has situated itself under the other toes, the foot doctor cuts a triangle-shaped wedge out of the straight bone in the big toe to reset it to its original state. A single metal osteo screw is turned inside the bone to hold the new position in place. After about 6 months, the screw is usually removed. Despite the fact that this disorder can be brought on by pointed shoes, sometimes people are born with the tendency to form bunions. Podiatrists agree that pointed-toe shoes that force the toes into an abnormal position can cause bunions.

Overview of Hammertoe Treatment and Prevention

Hammertoes can be brought on by pointy shoes or footwear that is snug. This disorder can affect athletes that wear snug shoes during activity as well. Hammertoes are, regrettably, difficult to fix without surgery. First, a foot doctor can try to straighten the affected toe to try to move it into a more normal shape. However, the patient must use shoes with a wider toe box in order for this method to succeed. Hammertoes can occur again if improper shoes are worn again. If splinting the toe is unsuccessful, surgery is the lone alternative. The afflicted toe must have a part of the bone surgically removed to minimize its twist. The recovery period is very important, as patients who do not remain off the affected foot as recommended will not heal correctly. The way to prevent this condition is to wear well-fitted shoes.

Regardless of types of activities, age, or inherited traits, foot conditions can affect a fair number of people. Though foot procedures can surgically alleviate these problems, most of the time they are avoidable by wearing appropriate footwear and proper arch support.

The foot arch support provided by wearing orthotics is very important for maintaining natural body balance. That's why researchers at Footminders have designed orthotic shoe inserts and arch supports to provide improved biomechanical foot and arch support.

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