Your Footprint Type
When it comes to orthopedics, your footprints speaks volumes about the health of your feet. Based on the kind that you leave, you could figure as fully healthy, lumbered with health problems, or somewhere in between. The shape itself is key, with differences among people mainly seen in the sections between toes, the arch, and the heels. Your foot arch is responsible for many functions, chief among which are the following.
- Keeping you balanced on rough and uneven ground.
- Absorbing the stress caused by each step that you take.
- Stabilizing you as you run, walk, or stand.
Your arch has several ligaments and tendons arranged in a precise fashion, which run along the underside of the foot. When these get stretched beyond their limits, your foot health suffers. A normal footprint contacts with the ground starting from the toes and ending at the heel, spanning the outer edge’s entire length. Having this type of footprint proves that your weight is distributed evenly all around when you walk.
Types of Abnormal Footprint
- Rectangular: Leaving a rectangular footprint behind after you walk over impressionable ground is indicative of injury, diabetes, arthritis, or obesity. This type of print has a winding shape, and is usually caused by fallen arches, or simply the accompanying conditions of advanced age. Flat feet are painless in most cases, but in others, they drag in shin splints, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and swollen or painful ankles. If any of these symptoms show, you need to elevate or rest the foot, and mitigate pain and discomfort through medication.
- Broken: These footprints show heel and toes, but not enough connection between them. That means you have a high arch, which could cause soreness in the ball area, as well as the base of the toes. You could also develop plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and stress fractures as a result. People with high arches may have these from birth; in other cases, these develop as a result of ankle instability or ruptured peroneal tendons. If a high arch limits movement or causes pain, you should immediately make an appointment with your podiatrist. They might recommend the use of arch inserts, or if the situation is severe, corrective surgery.
Arch pain cannot always be prevented, but in cases where it is possible, custom insoles with arch support can prove highly useful. Not only do these fix your feet, they also mitigate or prevent associated problems further up along the body.