flat-feet5A recent study published online by the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B states that judo training may help prevent flat feet in children. The study found that boys who regularly practiced judo had higher foot arches and better balance than a control group of boys who were relatively inactive. The boys involved included 29 who enrolled in 90-minute judo classes three times a week and 29 who did not participate in sports outside of school. Both groups were, on average, 11.5 years old and had similar body types.

Flat feet is a condition that can be aided with the help of a podiatrist. For assistance, speak to Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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