Woman Receives Surgery to Be Able to Walk

Jules Wakeham contends with severe osteoarthritis in both her arm and leg, which for a long time rendered her unable to walk without the assistance from shoe insoles and crutch support. In addition, Wakeham’s heel hovered within two inches and did not fully reach the ground. ‘I haven’t come across anyone who has had as many joints fused as me at such a young age,” Wakeham said regarding her condition.

Fortunately, Wakeham was able to undergo surgery to fuse her wrist and ankle joints and now can finally walk down the aisle for her wedding. Although Wakeham’s surgery was a success, the 31 year old will still be required to wear trainers underneath her wedding gown due to her condition. ‘I haven’t been able to walk barefoot for five years now, and I’ve missed being able to walk down the street holding my fiancé’s hand. But I have learned to make the most of what I’ve got,’ she added.

Proper foot support is important in order to keep your feet and ankles healthy. To learn more, be sure to consult with of one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay.Out podiatrists can help you learn how to better support your feet.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

  • Good heel and arch support
  • Have proper length and width for your feet

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