When to Worry About Your Child’s Flat Feet

child flat footIt’s very common for young children to have flat feet. In fact, from birth until age 3 or 4, almost all children’s feet have no visible arch. By the time most kids are about 5 years old, their feet will have lost their cute, pudgy, fat pads and developed arches that last into adulthood. Most – but not all. When kids fail to grow out…

10 Ways to Show Your Feet Some Love

8709293 S Valentine Footprint Heart 150x150This Valentine’s Day blow a couple of kisses to the body parts that serve you well every day: your feet! It is important to show your feet some love this month and every month. Here are ten ways to show them how much you appreciate their constant support: Move your body. Regular exercise helps maintain good circulation to your feet. Quit smoking. Vaping and smoking…

The Surprising Solution for Knee and Hip Pain: Fix Your Feet

80369848 Specialist Watching Woman Walk On Tread MillIf you’ve been suffering from pain in your knees or hips, the problem may not be your knees or hips at all. It could be your feet. Understanding what gait is Everyone walks with a particular gait. Gait describes: the way your heels hit the ground what happens when you shift your weight entirely onto one foot the length of your strides how much of…

Keep an Eye Out for These 3 Kinds of Pediatric Foot Problems

30980543 Child Rubbed Leg After Wearing Unsuitable Shoes.If your child had foot pain, would they tell you about it? In our experience as podiatrists here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, the answer to that question is an emphatic “maybe.” A child may be too young to express what’s wrong. She may notice something’s not quite right but keep forgetting to say anything about it. He may be too embarrassed to…

Fast Facts about Flat Feet

89289736 S Foot Arch Person Orthotic Doctor CustomWhat does it mean to have flat feet? It’s all about the arch. First, you have to understand that feet normally have an arch. That’s the inside of the middle of your foot (the left side of your right foot; the right side of your left foot). Generally, that part of your foot curves upward, creating an arch. Not all arches are created equal. Some…

4 Problems That Plague Athlete’s Feet

37952608 Group Of Athletes Runs During The Rainy MarathonGot sports? Then you’ve got injuries. No matter what sport you’re into, injuries are something you share with athletes all over the world. And whether you compete in the pool or on the field, road, track, or diamond, you’re putting demands on your feet that can leave you aching for relief from a bunch of conditions. Here are 4 that are common across the board:…

Nutrition for Your Feet & Ankles

15962296 Groceries In The BasketMarch is National Nutrition Month and all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland think it’s a great time to think about what we eat. Why do we care? Because nutrition affects your feet and ankles – plain and simple. The food and drink that we put in our bodies affects all our systems: digestive, circulatory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and integumentary (remember that one…

Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis – A Last Resort

8903748 Senior Man Massaging His Aching Feet With His HandsWhen’s the last time you thought about your plantar fascia? If you have heel pain, you’re thinking about it every moment of every day. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that connects the front part of your foot – the ball – to the heel and supports your arch. When something happens to inflame the plantar fascia, you have plantar fasciitis –…

Beware These 5 Enemies of Your Feet

We all know that eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise is good for us. We read it every day and heard it from our families growing up. “Eat your vegetables!” “Go play!”- classic Mom-speak, right? Well, Mom was right, of course, but what she didn’t tell you is how much your two feet benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Feet have real enemies that we…

What to Know about Your Baby’s Feet

Child FeetOnce they reach a certain age, keeping your children’s feet healthy is really not that much different from keeping your own in top shape. You want to keep your kids in the proper shoes for the activity they’re engaged in, make sure they wash their feet daily and dry them carefully, and don’t be afraid to report anything strange or painful to us at Foot…