At Wasatch Foot and Ankle Institute, we take foot arches very seriously. Though most of us think little of our foot arches until they bother us, maintaining good arch health is one of the more crucial focuses of the podiatry world. All over, podiatrists encourage their patients to care for their arches, but few seem to understand just how important this is. Fortunately, we decided to pull together some information to help you understand the importance of good foot arch health. In this article, we will give you all of the information that you need to make informed decisions for the sake of your feet!
The Importance of Good Foot Arch Health
Your arches play a valuable role in the overall comfort and support that your feet receive when you go outside for a walk. Ensuring that your arches stay healthy means that you will be able to count on them at the moment that you need to. There is a wide range of ways to harm your arches, and some of them are surprisingly simple.
Good arch health means that your feet will be able to absorb the impact of your actions. Whether it is supporting you when you take the dog out for a walk or when you run a marathon, your arches keep your feet safe and your body comfortable. Failing to maintain them can lead to problematic injuries and other issues down the line.
Effects of Poor Arch Health
Poor arch health can lead to a wide range of conditions that you will not want to deal with. The most commonly recognized outcome is “flat feet” which occur when your arch physically collapses. Flatfoot is a problem that occurs when your arch and lower leg health is suffering in some way. It can be caused by an actual injury or from poor maintenance over time. In some, it is more common than it is for others.
The reality is that failing to protect your arches will likely lead to one thing: pain. The majority of people who grapple with their arch health all end up visiting the local podiatrist because of the sheer discomfort. Since your arches play a vital role in most activities, it is not a particularly pleasant place to experience pain. Worse, it can lead to long-term implications depending on how severe the problem is.