Brandt R. Gibson, DPM, MS is a foot and ankle specialist with special interest in keeping children active. He is located in American Fork, Utah. His goal is to educate people and help them “optimize what they were born with.” For further educational materials and recommended medical products, visit A free book on foot and ankle health can also be ordered at deformities w/ heel cord contracture in patients w/ CP will generally tend to have break down of mid-foot and longitudinal arch; Evans calcaneal lengthening procedure for spastic flexible flatfoot in 32 patients (46 feet) with a followup of 3 to 9 years.
A simple exercise to strengthen the tibialis anterior is to stand with both feet on the ground and lift only your toes (extension). A way to lengthen the peroneus longus is to stand with both feet on the ground and roll your feet onto their outside edge (supination). By doing this daily, he swore that his arch would remain elevated throughout the day and that the pains he felt in his back, legs and feet were alleviated. Of course this is just one person’s approach and may not work for everyone. That’s because there can be many different reasons for flat feet.
Place a towel on the floor in front of a chair. While sitting in the chair, place both of your feet on the towel. While using one foot to hold the towel in place, curl the toes of the opposite foot to pull the towel toward you. Repeat with your other foot. If this exercise becomes too easy, place a small book or weight on the towel for resistance. Other Treatments Your daily exercise program for all diabetics can be walking, and you should do it at least 5 days a week for at least 20 to 30 minuets a day.
Functional orthoses are given after the biomechanical assessment and casting of the feet. They are built by numerous processes to straighten up the structure of the foot in its most functionally effective position. The orthotic, moulded from the cast, is designed to strengthen the foot and also to stop it from moving into an unbalanced position whilst walking or running. Lastly, you might want to think about whether your feet are implicated in causing your knee pain. Again over-pronation will not only stretch your plantar fascia in your foot, but also alter certain angles and alignment for your patella, causing CMP. Good luck to all the avid runners out there!
The cervical spine is a connected series of seven bones (vertebrae) and associated structures that extends from the base of the skull to the shoulders. A number of different injuries, conditions or disease processes may affect these bones. If you suffer from episodes of persistent neck pain as a function of injury, strain, overuse or aging, home traction could help. Empi is a company offering the Saunders Cervical Traction device, an easy-to-use home traction machine that can provide relief for a range of neck symptoms. However, make sure you get your doctor’s OK before applying any kind of traction to your neck or spine.
There are a number of orthodics (arch support products) out there on the market designed to fit every case on an individual basis. Prices range anywhere from $5 to upwards of $300 for inserts or specialized shoes. Before trying any, it would be most important to have your feet evaluated by a medical specialist known as a podiatrist. He or she will observe the way your feet fall with each step, and take imprints of your footsteps to determine how badly the soles touch the ground. The way your toes touch the ground will also be noted, and any physical symptoms you might have will be discussed.