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Queensland Study Shows Foot Muscles Play Important Role

Scientists at the University of Queensland conducted research that proves the plantar fascia is not the only muscle that provides arch support. To test this theory, an experiment involving weights being tied to the knees of two test subjects was conducted. The scientists monitored the responses of the muscles in their feet.

A second experiment involving electrical stimulation was performed soon after, showing that when activated, these tissues caused the arch to rise. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes this could play an important role in fields focusing on the feet. This includes footwear design, injury rehabilitation, and even the biological understanding of bipedalism.

Proper foot support is important in maintaining foot health. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel can provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.

Shoes to Consider:

  • Good heel and arch support
  • Have proper length and width for your feet
  • Avoid tight/cramped shoes

For more information about Proper Foot Support, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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