Foot soreness at the end of the day.....many people get it, and many people just assume it is normal, part of life, or a sign of a day’s good work. So often is foot soreness accepted that many people choose to do nothing about it. They would rather suffer through the daily discomfort, prop their feet up at the end of the day, and hope the discomfort goes away before bedtime. Is this you? Do you realize that you do not have to suffer through this?
The majority of the time, foot soreness, arch pain, and even some lower leg pain that develops after extended activity are directly related to your foot structure. In other words, the shape of your foot determines whether you can tolerate standing for a long period of time. The arch shape has the most involvement in foot comfort. While there a millions of humans with ‘normal’ arches, there are just as many that have flatter feet or higher arches, in differing degrees of severity. Humans in cultures around the world that do not wear shoes from a young age have legs and feet that adapt to this variation. However, everyone else by necessity grows up wearing shoes to protect their feet from modern surfaces, and do not get the chance to adapt. This adaptation does not occur later in life, no matter how much one walks barefoot as an adult. Therefore, people with lower or higher arches have to endure some discomfort, if nothing else is done to intervene.
Flat feet become fatigued and strained easily as the foot collapses over an extended period of activity. Some flattening done by the foot is normal to absorb the shock of walking on the ground. Too much flattening leads to tissue injury, and usually arch pain. High arches, on the other hand, cannot flatten well, and therefore cannot absorb shock well. They become painful due to the shock of walking being transmitted into the foot, and not through the foot. High arches also have too much pressure placed on the ball of the foot, and soreness can develop there at the end of the day as well.
In addition to simple soreness at night, these foot deformities also lead to a host of other painful conditions, like heel pain (plantar fasciitis), pinched nerves (neuromas, Tarsal tunnel syndrome), bunions, hammertoes, tendonitis, and ankle injuries.
Many people do not realize they have flat feet or high arches, as it is often difficult to see on oneself unless the deformity is severe. When seated, nearly everyone’s arch looks normal or high as that is simply the position the foot naturally assumes when seated or lying down. Likewise, when standing, the foot may not look abnormal as externally flat feet or high arches are not always be obvious unless the deformity is severe, or frozen in position.
Eliminating end-of-the-day foot pain can be as simple as wearing the proper shoes for one’s foot structure, and wearing a proper insert inside those shoes to support what mother nature could not. Many people make incorrect assumptions on what will work for their feet based on product marketing gimmicks, ‘advice’ from salespeople and commercials, and a misunderstanding of how their own individual feet function. As the experts in foot and ankle anatomy and function (biomechanics), we are able to provide you with an accurate medical diagnosis of your individual foot structure in a way no one else can, by examining your foot’s shape, joint structure, arch position, and the way your individual foot interacts with the ground. From all this data we can make recommendations on the proper shoe type you should wear for maximum comfort and support, and can create a custom, prescription shoe insert from a mold of your foot, held in a corrected position, that stabilizes flat feet or provides shock cushioning for a high arch. Orthotics, as they are known, are a medical device that differs from store bought inserts that are designed for mass use. Whereas store bought inserts provide a general amount of cushioning or plastic support into the arch based on shoe size, an orthotic provides specific correction for one’s own individual foot. They are as different from store bought inserts as prescription eyeglasses are different from pharmacy-shelf reading glasses. We have produced many thousands of orthotics over the years that have successfully eliminated our patient’s foot pain, and allowed them to stand all day without discomfort.
If this sounds like something that would make a positive difference in your life and lifestyle, please give us a call. We can end the years-long suffering and make your feet comfortable all day, everyday. All it takes is a simple appointment to assess your foot structure and symptoms to let our doctors begin to provide you with relief.