Summary of Chapter 3
Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.– Frederick Wilcox
Does it feel like someone is cutting into the arch of your foot or feet with a knife? Does the pain get worse when you put your foot down after sitting for a while or if you are on your feet for long periods of time? Have you noticed swelling? Have you started exercising again after a period of inactivity? Have you recently gained weight?
Arch pain is not limited to people with ‘flat feet’. It can affect all sorts of people at different stages of their life who employ various levels of activity. But when it comes, it can really put a damper on things.
With a little education, self care and treatment many people who are experiencing arch pain can return to a pain free walking or standing experience. However in some cases the aid of a podiatrist will be needed to better understand what is going on with your arches by studying the way your foot rolls when stepping in order to develop an effective method of treatment to get you the relief you need.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses:
- The Arch Test
- What does “pronation” mean?
- What causes excess pronation?
- Are there any other reasons for aching arches (other than flat feet)?
- How do you treat arch pain?
- The Infamous Flat Foot – New Understanding in Modern Podiatry
- Real Patient Recap – How Dr. Levine helped an overweight 52 year old who was exercising too intensely, hurting his foot, eating out of frustration, and gaining more weight get back to walking pain-free and on the path to a slimmer, healthier life.