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Check Out the New Findings on Arch Support

rheumatoid-arthritis2Are you worried about arch support and want more help? Then you’re not alone. Our recent patient, the Rev Frida K. from Magnolia, TX shared,

I visited Dr. Anum Dhukani. My visit with her was excellent. She told me what to do to have healthier feet. Albeit, the recommendation is not easy. Yet it’s worthwhile, as in the long run it will help my arch support, which is needed. So again I rate my visit as excellent with Dr. Anum. She has a great bedside manner and explains things easily and thoroughly.” 

Now, we often think that arch pain is all about your plantar fascia. (That’s the connective band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It starts at your heels and ends at your toes.) But now, thanks to new research, we know other parts of your body help your arches. And that’s why we keep up on research. So we can do more to help you feel better.

Understanding Arch Support

A PhD student from the University of Queensland‘s ground-breaking research could change the way we look at foot rehabilitation, shoe design, and evolution studies.

Apparently, when it comes to arch support, your body recruits a number of muscles, in addition to the plantar fascia. The researcher conducted two experiments to test this theory.

The first experiment involved applying weights to subjects’ knees and observing the reactions of the muscles in their feet. Then, the second involved electrically stimulating these tissues. The results found that the more weight was put on, the more tissues activated. The researchers observed that the arch rose with the weight suggesting the muscles activated in order to provide overall support.

Great foot health is extremely important. For advice on how to exercise the feet, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Brad Bachmann of Louetta Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Bachmann can provide professional insight and assist you in working out a routine.

Exercise for Your Feet

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If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.


Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Spring, TX or Tomball, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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