Why Do You Need Arch Supports For Your Flat Feet?

Do you need arch supports for your flat feet?  Maybe so.  Here’s why:

Your feet are the foundation of your skeleton.  Your arch keeps you in an upright posture.

When you do not have an arch in your foot, your foundation collapses.  And when your foundation cannot support you in a neutral, balanced position you can end up with pain.

Where exactly will your flat feet cause pain?

Hold onto your hats!

While you may have pain from stretched, strained muscles in the arch of your foot there are other areas that you wouldn’t have guessed.  Like your neck?

When you have an arch in your foot your weight will be pretty much balanced on your toes, on your heel and on the outer edge of your foot.  But if you don’t have an arch you will carry most of your weight on your toes.

Here’s how to determine where you carry your weight on your feet:  Stand up, barefoot, for about 5 minutes.  Don’t move.  After 5 minutes notice where your weight is.  It will either feel fairly even around your whole foot or you feel the most pressure under your toes.

It is possible to regain some of your arch by walking barefoot and doing exercises for your foot and leg muscles.  Sometimes shoes may actually do us a dis-service.  After all, we were not born with shoes on our feet.

But if you have to wear shoes make them as comfortable as you can so nothing is pinching or squashing.  And wear a good arch support, one that will actually hold your arches up.  Make sure your arch supports fit YOUR arches.  It shouldn’t feel as though you are walking on a walnut.

So why should you wear arch supports if you have flat feet?

Remember where the weight was on your feet?  Did you feel it mostly under your toes?  If so, you are leaning forward whenever you stand or walk.

When you lean forward, your heavy head is out in front of your body.  It is exactly where gravity can grab it and pull you into poor, collapsed posture.

Poor posture puts a lot of stress on your neck muscles and causes pain in your (click the link) neck and upper back.

It can even pull the natural curve out of your lower back and cause low back pain. 

That’s why you may need arch supports for your flat feet.

 

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Natural Relief For Nerve Pain In Feet

Medical conditions that affect your nerves can cause foot pain.  It may feel like burning and it may feel like a lack of sensation.

The drug Lyrica caused uncomfortable side effects for a reader and she asked for natural suggestions.

I am really biased about the benefits of massage therapy.  But sometimes it’s hard to reach your own feet and lower legs.

Also, massage always feels better and more effective when someone else does it for us.  But even when we do our own massage there are benefits.

What are those benefits?

  • Massage increases circulation of blood and lymph fluid.
  • It helps create healthier tissues.
  • It promotes healthier nerves.
  • It acts as exercise.  You don’t get the aerobic benefits but when your muscles are being massaged it is as though they are exercising.
  • It creates a sense of feeling good even if you can’t feel it well in your feet and lower legs (or hands and arms.)
  • Massage can move swelling away from the ankles and help relieve ‘stiffness’ in the muscles.

Some years ago, I was aware of a local doctor who Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis – How To Get Rid Of Pain On The Bottom Of Your Foot

Today I looked at an ad for a bumpy little ball that you can freeze and use to ice the bottom of your foot. The idea was that it could be used for pain on the bottom of your foot (plantar fasciitis.) Well, the only problem with that is…

That only addresses a symptom. The cause of that particular foot pain is most often in the calf muscles. That’s why doctors will say to stretch your calf muscles.  Stretching your calf muscles can help.

Also, a skilled massage therapist can help you get rid of tight calf muscles that are Continue reading

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Interview With Dr. Brian Rothbart, Pain Relief Specialist

Dr. Brian Rothbart is a researcher and professor who discovered that something happening in your feet may be causing your chronic pain.  Pretty interesting stuff!

I had the honor to interview Dr. Rothbart, who is a pain relief expert.  Note:  Not a pain management specialist but a pain relief specialist.

You can listen to the replay of the interview here:  http://budurl.com/Rothbart

I love it when Dr. Rothbart says that by getting rid of the cause of your pain you can get rid of your pain.  You bet!

That’s pretty much what most of the conventional medical field is missing.  They too often treat symptoms instead of getting to the source–the cause–and getting rid of it.

Enjoy the replay of the interview with Dr. Rothbart and leave your comments here afterward.  I’d love to know what you think.

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Stiff Ankles and Foot Pain Relief

What causes stiff ankles and foot pain?  Well, there can be many causes but most of them involve muscles.  Plain, old every day muscles.

I LOVE muscles.  They are logical.  They follow rules.  They are treatable.

In fact, I’m going to send you over to Simple Pain Relief (<– click here) to read about muscles, stiff ankles and natural foot pain treatment right now.

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