Yesterday I found out I am flat-footed.
I read in a shoe catalog about how to find out if you have arches or not. You wet your feet and then stand on a piece of paper, and from the outline of your feet, you can tell if you're flat-footed, high arched, or just in-between.
I asked my physical therapist, Jeannie Dufrene, what kind of new sneakers to buy. She said, "it depends on your feet." I told her about what I'd read, and she said, "I can tell you right now. Here. take off your shoes and socks, and let me take a picture of your feet." She got her cell phone and took pictures from the front and back view of my feet.
Wow! Even I could tell I am flat-footed! And feet are not the prettiest part of my body, even though I just had a deluxe pedicure, courtesy of my friend Amy, who gave me a gift certificate last Christmas, and I finally got around to using it two days ago.
My physical therapist asked if one leg was shorter than the other. I said, "I think one is, but I don't know which one." She said, "Lie down on this table and let me measure you." She took a tape measure and measured from the point on my hip bone down the length of my leg. "Your left leg is 1/2 inch longer than your right leg."
I said, "O.K. so I need orthotics for my arches." Jeannie said, "Yeah, and you can try them for a while, and then see if you can get a lift for your right shoe." I said, "I never knew, until I read that article in the shoe catalog, that having flat feet can affect your knees. Maybe if I start wearing these orthotics, my knees will get better." Jeannie said, "I'll start you off with these - they're mild. You can use them for about six months, and then move up to moderate. But only wear them for two hours a day, or you might have pains because of the new orthotics." I said, "O.K., I 'll just wear them when I'm working out."
I am so happy to learn about all this, and I'm hoping this makes a difference.