Do you suffer from flat feet? As Piscataway podiatrist Dr. Peter Wishnie explains, that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

People often say, “Well, my feet are flat, and that’s not good.” But guess what? High arches that are not flexible, and are just as bad—and probably even worse—than a flat foot. 

Your foot is a spring—it’s your shock absorber—so when you walk, your feet act as a spring and will absorb the shock of your body. So, if you weigh 160 pounds and you’re walking, about 160 pounds of force will go into your foot.

Now, if you’re active and running and playing a sport, three times that weight will go into your foot. So, then, if the foot is not a good shock absorber because of a high arch, you can develop multiple problems such as heel pain, calluses on the ball of your foot, metatarsal pain or stress fractures. 

So, high arches are just as bad as flat feet, and if you have high arches, you need to have a better shock absorber put into your shoe. You can start with an over-the-counter insert that’s nice and soft but, if that doesn’t work, we recommend a custom device.

For more information, contact Family Foot and Ankle Specialists today.

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
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