Children with unequal leg lengths may benefit from shoe lifts or
inserts that equalize their leg lengths. This not only improves their ability
to walk normally, but it also decreases the tendency to develop
contractures on the joint affected by
Certain types of inflammation in the feet may also benefit from shoe
inserts that redistribute weight into the heel, taking weight off the sore
middle or front of the foot.
By Ellen Strum
Treat your feet right, and they’ll keep you
After a day on your feet, your feet likely hate you—and you hate them, too.
"If your feet aren't healthy, it affects how you function and live your
life," says Dr. Helena Reid, D.P.M., of Moline, Ill., a spokeswoman for the
American Podiatric Medical Association. Plus, she adds, foot pain can cause you
to walk abnormally, throwing off your alignment and putting unnatural pressure
on your knees, hips, and...