Leonardo DaVinci once wrote that the human foot was a marvel of engineering. Much like a building, the structural integrity of the foot depends on many structures working together. The anatomic structures that contribute to stability of the structure of the foot include bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia. In a building, if one of the supporting elements is weakened or fails, structural compromise can occur. If not properly addressed, structural compromise can lead to collapse. The same scenario can happen in the foot. Mechanical imbalances, muscle weaknesses, chronic ligament injuries and joint misalignment are a few of the factors that can contribute to strain and potential injury to the supporting structures of the foot. The end result can be a collapse of the structure of the arch of the foot, the acquired flat foot. Much like a building needs regular inspections to ensure the integrity of structure, the feet can use regular examinations by a foot an ankle specialist to identify issues that can negatively impact the supporting structures of the foot. I recommend an annual check up of the feet at minimum, even if you have no foot symptoms. People with prior foot and ankle injuries or conditions may need more frequent exams. Should a problem arise, there are many ways that I can help. One of the most effective non surgical ways of improving function and stability of the human foot is through the use of custom foot orthoses. Those who use them consistently can attest to their effectiveness at keeping them out of my office for treatment(other than to say hello or get another pair!). An ounce of prevention… so the saying goes. If you have never tried a custom foot orthotic, or if you have and it was not working for you, I suggest that you come in for a consultation to see what our orthotics are all about. You and your feet will be glad you did.