This video discusses the condition called flat feet. There are a lot of myths surrounding flat feet, and in this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, addresses each of these myths and compares and contrasts conventional podiatric treatments with natural, conservative treatment methods. Dr. Ray notes that having flat feet is not necessarily an indication that foot problems (or other lower body joint problems) will develop; in fact, the height of the foot arch is no longer considered to be a predictor of disability.
Conventional care for flat feet usually involves an orthotic device to prop up the arch, whereas a natural, conservative approach involves using footwear that's completely flat from heel to toe and is widest at the ends of the toes to allow the foot arch to function optimally (by recruiting the foot's natural suspension system). This video also touches on the topics of heel elevation, toe spring, and tapering toe boxes, describing how these common shoe design features can lead to flat feet.
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Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder of Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, trail running, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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