Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Oz Explains About How Foot Structure Affects Your Entire BodyDr. Mehmet Oz is a MD who has been a fixture on Oprah Winfrey's show and recently started his own talk show that focuses on explaining medicine in a way that the general public can understand. On one of his recent shows he explained how a person's foot structure can affect their entire body. He showed the audience that there are three main foot types: high arch, normal arch and low arch.
On the show, he showed that there are two quick ways to determine what type of foot structure you have. First you can lay some paper down dip your feet in water and then take a couple of steps on the paper. In a normal arched foot you will be able to see the heel and toe of your foot as well as most of the arch. In a person with high arches their foot print will only show the ball and heel of the foot. A low arch, or flat foot, would look like a paddle.
Dr. Oz also explained that by looking at the bottoms of your shoes you can also get an idea of what your foot type is. The bottoms of your shoes will wear out in the areas where you apply the most pressure. If you have a low arch then the inside of the shoe will be worn down more quickly. However if you have a high arches the outsides of your shoes will wear out more easily.
Dr. Oz did an excellent job of quickly explaining that by having either a high arch, low arch or normal arch your body is more prone to getting different problems. For example if you have a flat foot (Pes Planus) then you are more a risk for developing heel pain and biomechanical deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes.
Although Dr. Oz only skimmed the surface of foot structure and related problems this helps give you an idea of how structure can really affect function. If you have more questions regarding what kind of foot type you have and if your foot structure is causing your health problems then, as Dr. Oz recommends, you should visit your podiatrist.
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