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Flat Feet: Pronation explained by Panama City Fl, Podiatrist

Authored by Dr. Burton S. Schuler, Google+

Dr. Dudley  J. Morton,   author that Dr. Burton S. Schuler of Panama City Fl Based his work on

Dr. Dudley J. Morton, author that Dr. Burton S. Schuler of Panama City Fl based his work on

 The clinical term for flat feet is “pes planus”. According to Dr. Burton S. Schuler a Podiatrist Foot Specialist from Panama City Fl a flat footed person’s feet will turn inward, causing their arch to fall. Schuler feels this is due to a condition that causes pronation; known as Morton’s Toe. In his book about the Morton’s Toe Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot Schuler, states that the real cause of flat feet is a hypermobile (excess motion) of the first metatarsal bone that, causes a laxity of a ligament that runs along the bottom of the feet; which affects the longitudinal arch and the front part of the foot. The foot’s stability and weight distribution is affected by hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, which causes improper weight bearing in the foot causing the arch to fall. This is “flat feet”.  This puts abnormal stress on the whole foot and is the cause of swelling of the feet and ankles

The Human Foot by Dr. Dudley  J. Morton,  book  that Dr. Burton S. Schuler of Panama City Fl Based his work on

The Human Foot by Dr. Dudley J. Morton, book that Dr. Burton S. Schuler of Panama City Fl Based his work on

As Dr. Morton wrote in his 1935 book The Human Foot, “Laxity of the plantar ligaments of this segment affects both the longitudinal arch, by impairing the stability of the foot as a base of support, and the fore part of the foot, by causing an improper distribution of weight upon the metatarsal bones. In other words if you do have hypermobility at the first metatarsal bone, you will have improper weight bearing, and in turn, will lose the stability needed in supporting the arch.

This is the real reason why our arches fall. Dr. Schuler says you can now impress your friends or family by explains to them what a fallen arch or flat feet really is by saying, “Did you know that according to Professor Dudley Joy Morton, fallen arches or flat feet are caused by the laxity of the plantar ligaments, causing a hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, which affects the stability of the longitudinal arch?”

Schuler says the treatment for fallen arches is a simple homemade toe pad first developed by Dr. Dudley J. Morton, in 1927. The toe pad is to be placed under the first metatarsal bone. The pad redistributes weight that is unevenly distributed, correcting foot pronation if a runner struggling with flat feet believes the only strategy is to change their stride, or add additional arch supports; they may be sorely disappointed over time. As Schuler points out, the problem of flat feet is structural and therefore a structural solution like the toe pad needs to be employed for optimal results.

Dr. Schuler, is a foot doctor, foot specialist, podiatrist of Panama City, Fl . He graduated from the N. Y. College of Podiatric Medicine in 1975 at the age of twenty-four, and has been in private practice for 37 years, 28 of them in Panama City He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and the National Board of Podiatric Examiners. Dr. Schuler is certified as a wound specialist from the American Board of Wound Management, for over 30 years he has been a menber of the American Diabetes Ass. In 1982, he published his first book, The Agony of De-Feet: A Podiatrist Guide to Foot Care. He is the author of the newly published book (2009), Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In the Foot. The book is published by the La Luz Press, Inc and is disturbed national by the Cardinal Publishing Group. Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot, is the story of how one bone in your foot could be the real reason for pains thru out your whole body During his thirty- seven year professional career, he has written for Collier’s Encyclopedia and various podiatric journals and publications. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, First in Women, and other publications. Dr. Schuler has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs both here and aboard


Pronation: Why it is the Cause of Most Foot Problems

The most common reason for people to have foot problems is due to an abnormal amount of a  motion of our feet know as Pronation.   There are two types of pronation, normal pronation and abnormal pronation

Normal Pronation or just  “Pronation”:   A certain amount of Pronation is absolutely needed for the human foot to work properly. Pronation  (normal Pronation)  allows the foot to become a “Bag of Bones” (loose), in order for it to act as a shock absorber so it can adaptor to all of the different walking surfaces we are on. This adaption (pronation) is only supposed take place for a split second. When it goes on longer than that split second is when we start to have a condition known as Abnormal Pronation.

Abnormal Pronation:  This is when the foot does not stop pronating when it should. When this happens the entire foot is put under a great deal of stress and strain  leading to bunions, corns, hammer toes, s  and numerous other foot problems. Having a flat foot is often releated to abnormal pronation when it is  really is not. Plantar Fasciitis is most often caused by abnormal pronation. 

Supination: This is the opposite movement of pronation. Our foot must be able to “supinate” at the proper time so our foot can push away from the ground. If our foot can’t supinate when it should, because of pronation it can cause all of the above problems 

One of the main reasons for abnormal pronation is due to a Morton’s Toe, (see below)  which is an Inherited Trait. The long term treatment for abnormal pronation is relatively simply. With an Orthotic we are able to control the abnormal pronator forces in the majority of our patients. Surgery is not needed, but again a orthtic is mantaory if you are going to control the abnormal forces caused by overpronation 


In the 1920’s and 1930”s Dr. Dudley J. Morton of Yale Medical School and Columbia Medical School wrote that a problem with the 1st metatarsal bone, known as a Morton’s Toe could be the reason for most foot problems. Dr. Janet Travel, White House physician to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at George Washington University took this concept further by writing and teaching that the Morton’s Toe could cause pain all over your body. She wrote and taught for four decades that a Morton’s Toe could cause back, hip, knee, leg foot and ankles problems. She felt that the Morton’s Toe, was so important that at the age of 89 she made a video tape to teach other physicians about how to recognize it and how to treat it. 

                                                            Dr. Janet Travell with President Kennedy

Morton’s Toe can also cause fibromyalgia, arthritis, sleep disturbances (RLS), temporomandibular joint pain, and numerous other problems through out the body The good news is that all of these problems can be treated with a simple pad that costs about two to three dollars. The bad news is  that in spite of the fact that two of the most famous doctors of the twentieth century were behind the Morton’s Toe, most modern day physicians are not aware of Morton’s Toe or of it ability of causing pain all over the body.