When you feet hurt, you hurt all over “you can see the pain in ones’ face” because your feet are the base of your entire bone structure. Every step you take, three times your body weight goes through your forefoot and when running ten times your body weight goes through your forefoot. Foot problems can cause pain in your knees and back and lead to overall discomfort when standing or walking.
Your foot has 26 separate bones held in position by ligaments and cartilage. The bones, muscles and tendons form a flexible arch that support the weight of your body and propels the body forward. A well functioning foot is an amazing shock absorber and can protect the rest of your body from excessive shock dissipating up your body including your knees, hips and spine. A poor functioning foot can cause pain in many joints of your body. These can includes knees, hip, groin and lower back.
Fact: The average person takes 5000 to 8000 steps each day! And will walk around the world approximately 8 times in a lifetime.
Your feet support your entire weight. The slightest misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems.
The symptoms of faulty foot function may include:
- Aching feet
- Hip, back & neck pain
- Pain in the legs and knees
- Heel pain
- Claw toes
- Corns and callous
How is it treated?
Your podiatrist can prescribe a special arch support called an orthotic. Orthotics are often custom and individually made for your specific foot problem.
Advice on correct footwear to accommodate the orthotics is also an important part of the treatment regime.
If you are suffering from aching feet, call Kew Foot Clinic on 03 9853 6877 to make an appointment for the appropriate treatment.