The College Football Playoff National Championship game will be held Monday, January 11, and you can head to downtown Phoenix this weekend for a multi-day festival for college football fans. Choose from outdoor music concerts, culinary events featuring top chefs, activities at the convention center, or a summit to recognize our local teachers. Your feet won’t experience the same stress as football players put on theirs, running and jumping during practice and games, but all the standing and walking could call attention to nagging foot arch problems that have been bothering you.
Not all foot issues are as visible as hammertoes or calluses and corns. A soft tissue injury in your midfoot can only manifest itself by the arch pain it causes. Then it’s a matter of narrowing down the possibilities to figure out exactly what is causing it. Here’s one test that could help identify the problem:
Stand barefoot and place your palms lightly on the kitchen counter, with back straight. Lift one foot, and then slowly lift up the other heel so your weight is on the ball of the foot, and slowly lower it again. Do ten of these foot pushups.
Having trouble with this? If you can’t do even one without pain, leaning forward, or putting a lot of pressure on your hands, you might have a mechanical problem, such as an arch tendon being stretched or torn.
If you can do one or two, but not all ten, your foot structure could just be weak. Arch fatigue can be corrected with leg muscle strengthening and stretching exercises like the one above.
We don’t expect you to know which of these issues is to blame for your foot problems. Diagnosing conditions like these is why we went to school all those years, and what we do every day with patients who walk in the door with sore feet. Take your foot pain to the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to find out what’s going on. We have the latest knowledge, techniques and tools to treat your feet right, so call today: (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert, AZ, and (480) 963-9000 in Chandler. If you prefer, you can request an appointment right now using our contact page online.