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By Dr. Eric Arp
December 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care
What To Do for a High Foot ArchHere’s what you can do to prevent foot pain caused by high arches.

If you have high arches, you may notice them but not experience any problems; however, those with high arches bear more weight on the balls and heels of the feet. Over time, you may develop corns, calluses, hammertoes, painful calf muscles, or foot pain. If you have high arches, a podiatrist can provide you with a variety of ways to support your feet to prevent these problems.

Consider wearing custom orthotics

Orthotics are special devices that are placed inside the shoes to improve stability and to cushion the foot. These devices can reduce shock absorption while standing, walking, or running. While there are over-the-counter orthotics that you can buy, they aren’t specifically designed to fit your feet or treat the issues you’re dealing with.

A podiatrist can provide you with custom-fitted orthotics that can help to support the arches of your feet and distribute weight more evenly among the foot to prevent heel pain and pain in the ball of the foot.

Wear shoes that support your feet

You must be also wearing shoes that can accommodate your high arches, especially if you are on your feet most of the day or participate in physical activities. Those with high arches are prone to stress fractures and ankle sprains, and you must consider shoes that have,
  • A high top that can cushion and support the ankles
  • A spacious toe box that won’t put pressure on the toes or cause irritation to preexisting deformities such as hammertoes or bunions
  • A midsole that has added cushioning to reduce pressure
  • A high-abrasion rubber outsole that will provide more durability (especially important for running shoes and athletic footwear)
If you are prone to Achilles tendonitis because of your high arches you may also look for a shoe that offers a little heel lift, which can take the stress off the Achilles tendon and the arches of the feet.

Talk to your podiatrist about bracing

In some cases, your podiatrist may also recommend bracing the feet and ankles to help stabilize them and provide additional support. If your podiatrist has told you that you also have a drop foot, which means that you have trouble lifting the front of your foot, then bracing may also be a great way to manage this problem and provide a more natural and comfortable gait when walking.

While high arches alone aren’t a cause for concern it can be good to know about potential issues that it can cause along the way so you can take the necessary precautions now to protect your feet. If you are dealing with foot pain or other problems, a podiatrist can help.
By Dr. Eric Arp
November 16, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Wondering why turning to your podiatrist for shoe inserts is the best option for your feet?

Do you find yourself dealing with sore, aching feet whenever you stand, walk or run? While feet, just like the rest of your body, need a break from all the heavy lifting there could also be underlying problems such as flat feet or extremely high arches that could also lead to further problems if you aren’t careful. One way to improve the biomechanics of the feet and to prevent overworked, overtired peds is by turning to our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist Dr. Eric Arp for custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are individualized to your needs

You may currently be using shoe inserts that you purchased from the local drugstore. While these inserts may take some of the pressure off your feet, this one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really address your specific underlying problems. In fact, some people may find that these commercial shoe inserts cause further issues. By turning to our foot doctors for custom orthotics you can trust that these devices will effectively and efficiently support your foot and target any specific problems you’re dealing with.

Custom orthotics could prevent problems

While many people turn to us for custom orthotics because they are already dealing with foot pain or other problems, this doesn’t mean that people can’t still benefit from these custom-made shoe inserts even if they aren’t currently dealing with foot issues. In fact, this simple device may be all you need to prevent sore, achy feet and future injuries in the first place.

Custom orthotics improve how your feet function

People can have structural foot abnormalities but never even realize it; however, over time, these structural abnormalities can make it difficult for the foot to function properly, which in turn can lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and injury. Custom orthotics redistribute weight evenly among the foot to prevent pain points and to also absorb some of the shocks from walking or running.

Custom orthotics can improve your game

Are you an athlete? If so, then custom orthotics could be a game-changer. When feet aren’t properly aligned this can affect alignment in the ankles, legs, hips and back. Once the feet are thrown off whack it’s more common to deal with ankle, hip and back problems. Luckily, custom orthotics can help realign the foot and also provide feet with ample cushioning and support to make sprinting, jumping and turning even easier.

Custom orthotics can improve certain health conditions

If you are living with chronic health problems such as diabetes or osteoarthritis you understand the importance of finding ways to manage your condition and prevent complications. Since feet are often impacted by some of these more common chronic conditions, getting orthotics could alleviate your discomfort and improve mobility.

The podiatrists of ARP Foot and Ankle Clinic at our Harrison or Mountain Home clinic locations are dedicated to providing you with top-of-the-line, custom orthotics, as well as a wide range of other foot and ankle treatments to prevent foot pain and other issues. If you want to get customized orthotics call our office in Harrison, AR at (870) 365-3668 or in Mountain Home, AR at (870) 425-7363.

By Dr. Eric Arp
May 21, 2019
Category: Foot Procedures
Tags: Custom Orthotics  

Your podiatrist in Harrison, AR, knows how to make your feet feel better

Do your feet hurt? Are you having trouble walking or standing without pain? The truth is, there are many causes of foot pain, including orthoticsarthritis, joint abnormalities, diabetes, and other medical conditions. Everyday wear-and-tear and aging can also cause foot pain. You may also develop foot pain from walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

Whatever might be making your feet hurt, rest assured that custom-fit orthotics from your local podiatrist can help them feel better. With two convenient office locations in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic provides a full range of podiatry services, including custom-fit orthotics. Read on to learn more!

 

What orthotic type is right for you?

At Arp Foot & Ankle, your podiatrist may recommend these types of orthotics to ease the stress on your feet:

  • Soft orthotics, which contain soft, cushioned materials that protect the entire sole of your foot. These orthotics can help maintain balance, absorb shock, and eliminate foot pressure. Soft orthotics are often recommended for bone deformities, arthritic foot conditions, and diabetes-related foot problems.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics, which contain both soft and rigid materials; these orthotics also help with balance and are a great choice for people who play sports. Semi-rigid orthotics are also used frequently to treat pediatric cases of flat feet.
  • Rigid orthotics which are made of hard plastic; they provide strong support for walking and are a great choice to limit joint motion and relieve stress on tendons. They can help with leg, thigh, and back muscle pain.

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

If you are suffering from foot pain, you and your feet deserve relief, and custom-fit orthotics can help! To learn more about what orthotics can do for you, talk with an expert—call Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic. Call either office in Harrison or Mountain Home, AR, today to get some relief for your feet!