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Flat Feet - Symptoms and Solutions

Flat feet.  A term we have all heard. Having them seems to be self-explanatory.  It may be simply a case of having little or no arch and nothing more, genetic dictate this.  In many cases they cause no problems and a person may simply have little to no arch and little or no pain.  Just like having high arches, they are one of the normal foot types.    Sometimes however, a flat foot can develop over time due to wear and tear. 
Some people with flat feet can develop not only foot pain but also knee and/or hip pain.  Any pain in the feet, knees and hips should be evaluated for the cause. 
Children do not typically develop a normal arch until 3-5 years old and until this age may appear flat footed and it may be completely normal.  However, a child with a flat foot and the heels appear tilted in is not normal and should be evaluated.   Early intervention will help prevent future problems.
When flat feet do cause symptoms treatment in most all cases is successful with the use of foot supports called orthotics.  Over the counter arch supports rarely work as no two flat feet are the same.  In most cases the feet are not even the same from right to left and only a prescription orthotic device will give true relief.
Flat footed?  Not sure?  Foot, knee or hip pain?  We can most always help, give us a call.
Recipe Corner

Mexican Rice and Black-Eyed Peas
Eating black-eyed peas is said to bring prosperity to the New Year.  Great side dish to try and it just may bring you luck into the new year!
1 cup white rice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh salsa, plus more for topping
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 14-ounce cans black-eyed peas (1 undrained; 1 drained and rinsed)
3 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 avocado, halved, pitted and sliced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream or Greek yogurt, for serving (optional)
Cook the rice as the label directs. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the salsa and cumin and cook, stirring, until the salsa is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas, plus the liquid from one of the cans and 1/4 cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are creamy and tender, about 12 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a fork and divide among bowls. Add the spinach and cilantro to the black-eyed pea mixture and stir until wilted, about 1 minute; spoon evenly over the rice. Top each serving with a few avocado slices, some cheese and more salsa. Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt, if desired. 
                                                               Recipe courtesy of Food Network

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