A lot of people believe that they were born with problematic feet, and it is the job of the foot doctor to treat these foot problems with the use of modern technology. However, this is not entirely true. In fact, our feet were designed to function optimally. Thus, the best foot treatment is to regain your feet’s natural shape and function.
We have debunked three of the most common myths about our feet.
Our feet are inherently misshaped, and it can only be corrected with the use of orthotics or through surgery.
Look at your child’s feet and you will see that toes are spaced properly. A child’s foot is designed for optimum balance and gait. A child’s widely spaced toes, ball of the foot, and heel provide a stable base and optimal arch support. If the shape of the foot is maintained, optimal function is preserved even through old age. This is what we see in societies where people go barefoot or wear flip-flops most of the time.
However, those who wear shoes that have rigid soles and small toe boxes eventually experience a change in toe shape. This deformation is what causes a myriad of foot problems. This means that it is not natural for the foot to be misshaped. It starts out just right for most people. Orthotics and surgery are therefore not necessary in most instances. You just have to simply allow the foot to return to its natural shape and encourage the foot’s natural toe splay.
Flat feet or high-arch feet are considered problematic and require orthotics or another form of arch support.
The length or height of the foot arch is not usually the problem. People can still have an optimal stride despite having a low or high arch. What is more important is the base of support. The support is naturally built into the foot; the heel, forefoot, and toes serve as the ends of the arch. If the foot is able to walk without being confined to narrow, rigid shoes, external support devices may not be needed. However, those who experience discomfort will still benefit from a cushioned arch support.
Foot problems – such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis – can only be corrected with surgery.
The majority of foot problems can be treated without surgery or without using medications. The treatment approach revolves around returning the foot to its natural shape and allowing it to function the way it is supposed to. Gel toe stretchers help the foot return to its natural shape, thereby reversing any damage caused by poor-fitting footwear. This treatment is conservative and non-invasive and focuses on the underlying cause. It also offers a long-term solution for people with various foot problems.
These myths often make people believe that they have no options when it comes to treating foot problems. Always remember that there are choices available. Whether you want conservative treatment or you wish to undergo surgery right away, you need to have an in-depth understanding of the treatment modalities available to make better decisions.