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Studying Your Footprint Can Tell You More About Your Foot Health


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12/9/2012
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Most people don’t know that they can actually tell a lot about their foot just by looking at their footprint. It is an interesting fact that can help you if you use it the right way.

First, to be able to tell if your foot is normal, you need to know what happens with a normal footstep. When you take a step with a normal foot, your foot will usually hit the ground heel first and roll forward toward your toes. This will flatten the arch slightly. Then, you push off the ball of the foot and the arch springs back, not touching the ground.

If your foot is not normal and you are an overpronater, which is not uncommon, your foot rolls to the inside, which can cause arch pain or pain on the inside of the knee. You can also be an underpronater, which can lead to ankle sprains and stress fractures.

Now we come to the watermark test, which is basically examining your footprint.The watermark test is easy and all you need is a dark piece of paper and a bucket of water. All you have to do is put your feet in the bucket of water and then make footprints on the dark piece of paper.

If you are an overpronater or suffer from flat feet, your footprint will usually resemble an oblong pancake with toes. If this is what your footprint looks like, you may need arch supports, which you can buy at most drug stores, and when you shop for athletic shoes, you might need shoes with ‘control’ features.

If you are an underpronater or you have a high arch, there will be little or no connection between the heel and the front part of your foot in your footprint. That means a lot of your weight is being put on the outside edge of your foot. If your footprint looks like this, you may be prone to sprained ankles. One thing you can do that may help to prevent ankle sprains is wear high-top athletic shoes that fit snugly around the foot and ankle. Also, when picking out athletic shoes, you may need ‘stability’ shoes. They have extra cushioning and are typically more comfortable for underpronaters.

If you are having pain and inserts and/or different shoes are not helping, you should see a podiatrist for further evaluation. A podiatrist may fit you with custom orthotic devices that are made specifically for your feet, which are usually more effective long-term than over-the-counter inserts.

If you are having foot or ankle pain and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can call us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.



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