Arch pain and overpronation can cause difficulties for people of all ages and can even influence an athlete's performance during every type of activity. For many people who experience pain like this, they may not be aware of the 3 common triggers. Most of the causes are preventable, but some can be inherited. According to the Cleveland Clinic, three of the preventable causes for foot arch pain include pointed-toe heels, shoes that are too snug, and insufficient arch support . These poor decisions can all lead to painful foot problems like bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. The Mayo Clinic reports that 2 of the genetic foot conditions that can lead to overpronation and arch pain include low foot arches or arches that are too high. Below we explain some foot procedures that remedy these problems and how each of them can be helped.
Bunions Aren't Always Hereditary
Having a bunion removed, or a bunionectomy, is the process through which the bony bump just above the arch is detached to achieve a more conventional foot form and width. In more severe cases where the big toe has situated itself under the other toes, the foot doctor cuts a triangle-shaped portion out of the big toe's bone to reset it to its proper angle. One screw is used to hold the bone's new position. After about 6 months, the screw is usually removed. Despite the fact that this condition can happen because of pointed shoes, sometimes people are born with the tendency to form bunions. Foot specialists warn that pointed-toe shoes that force the toes into an abnormal position can cause bunions.
Overview of Heel Spur Relief Procedures
Some of the inherited foot problems include either low arches or abnormally raised arches. Arch malformations such as these affect normal and active people alike. The result of a low arch can be arch pain and overpronation because this weakened part of the foot is not performing as it should. When this part of the foot malfunctions, foot overpronation occurs which can lead to a heel spur, a bony protrusion in the heel. Surgery is sometimes needed to remove the boneoutgrowth and relieve the irritation. The podiatrist will use a bone saw to cut away the extra spur of bone to take away the inflammation and pain it had been causing. The best solution for treating both types of arch disorders so heel spurs can be prevented is by supplying the foot with appropriate foot arch support through arch lifting shoes.
Overview of Hammertoe Treatment and Prevention
Pointed-toe shoes and shoes that are too tight can also cause hammertoes. This condition can affect athletes that wear snug shoes during training as well. Hammertoes are, sadly, difficult to fix without a corrective operation. First, a foot doctor can try to straighten the affected toe to try force it into a more appropriate position. In order for this method to work, wider shoes must be worn form that point on. Hammertoes can return if ill-fitting shoes are worn again. If taping the toe straight does not work, surgery is the lone alternative. The affected toe must have a part of the bone surgically removed to minimize its bend. The recovery period is vital, as patients who do not rest and elevate their feet as recommended will not restore correctly. The way to prevent this condition is to wear well-fitted shoes.
Regardless of types of activities, age, or inherited traits, foot disorders can happen to a fair number of people. Though foot procedures can surgically alleviate these disorders, most of the time they are avoidable by wearing appropriate footwear and appropriate arch support