A Beginner’s Guide to Common Foot Dysfunction

  • December 31, 2017

Foot dysfunctions are more common that most of us believe. While many people are born with a flat foot, many others develop foot dysfunctions because of wrong posture, running or sports. Even wearing the wrong shoes could make your feet more prone to a dysfunction. If you are feeling any discomfort, constant fatigue, and pain in the feet, you must talk to a physiotherapist immediately.

Let’s understand the most common foot dysfunction, plantar fascilitis or heel pain.

Plantar fascilitis

This foot dysfunction may not be diagnosed at the first look. Generally, people have an arch in the middle of their feet. This makes the foot stay raised from the ground from the middle portion. However, when the plantar fascia, a ligament connecting the toes with the heel are swollen, weak or inflamed. This could create problems while walking and standing.

This is a common ailment experienced by middle aged people. However, younger people who walk or run on their feet a lot can also experience its symptoms. Often, such people are not able to run and will experience fatigue very quickly.

The problem can be localized to one foot or may be experienced on both feet.

If your feet arches are too high or too low, you could face plantar fascilitis.

Plantar fascilits or flat feet will generally expose the knee, calves, hip, and legs to abnormal pressure. You may also experience this condition because of ruptured or damaged tendons of the feet. If you wear shoes of the wrong size (mostly a smaller size than you need) or are overweight, this problem could lead to more pain and discomfort.

When to seek help

Plantar fascilitis makes you experience rigidness, pain, or fatigue. Note that you could experience pain in lower limbs as well as hips. Usually, the pain will subside as you walk a few feet. However, you shouldn’t take it lightly and visit a physiotherapist as soon as possible.

Your feet are made up of over 100 muscles and tendons, with 33 joints and 26 bones. Hence, simply taking a painkiller for the discomfort will not work. You will need physiotherapy for making your symptoms less severe and walking better.

Your physiotherapist will likely use advanced technology like the Ultralign machine to relieve pressure from the foot. They will manipulate the tendons and joints manually as well to ensure that pressure is distributed throughout the foot. You can also be advised to wear arch support insoles so that your foot conforms to its natural arches.

The Ultralong machine uses a piezoelectric sensor to detect any restriction in joints. It is accurate and completely painless as well. The precise results are then used by your physiotherapist to adjust your joints. Whether you have flat feet because of genetic factors or sports injuries, physiotherapy can safely manage your symptoms. In fact, you will start feeling better from the first session itself.

If you have heel pain, flat feet, or unusual arches, it would be wise to see a physiotherapist and use modern technology to check for any problems. Remember, even though plantar fascilitis may not be a major problem for many people; it could produce some abnormalities in your posture and walk.

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