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Foot Structure Problems May Lead to Injury in Athletes

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Jones agrees. "It's important to establish guidelines for screening for arch problems very carefully. You don't want to discourage people from exercising because it's so important for so many aspects of health. I think it's not necessary for people to have an analysis of their foot structure unless they are experiencing a problem or have a history of injury. Then an evaluation is appropriate."

Vital Information:

  • A new study shows that foot structure is related to injuries in athletes who train intensively.
  • People with low arches, high arches, and tight heel cords are more likely to experience injuries.
  • Researchers suggest that preventive measures could be taken to avoid injuries, such as wearing a type of foot modification for low arches, or stretching for tight heel cords.

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