Plantar fasciitis tends to be a chronic, overuse injury in which the accumulation of micro-trauma leads to inflammation and pain. Common causes of plantar fasciitis are training errors, poor footwear and tight and weak musculature of the foot, calf, thigh and hip. Excessive and/or repetitive flattening of the arch of the foot (pronation) increases tension within the plantar fascia and any mechanism or activity that causes excessive pronation has the potential to cause injury. So often heel pain is dismissed by non-sufferers as just a pain in the foot. If only they knew of the searing pain that can be experienced if you are unfortunate enough to become a victim Studies suggest 20-30 percent of all people suffer from flat feet. Duck feet, as some may call it, is medically describes as pes planus Though flatfoot is a well recognized diagnosis, its cause is not as well defined. Flatfoot can be seen in young children and is actually considered normal up to the age of two or even five years old. Some flatfoot conditions occur much later in life and in reality; flatfoot can be encountered at any age and cause a broad range of pain from absolutely none to physically debilitating. A study published in 2009 found that overweight children have a higher incidence of flat feet than children of normal weight. The cause and effect is unclear and it remains to be seen if overweight kids will grow into adulthood with pes planus. When do I need to worry about my child’s flat feet? Mechanically adding height to the navicular bone at the medial arch changes the functional position of the foot, knee and hip, and dramatically prevents many common problems. Gradually, as the body adjusts to these corrective changes, stresses change and any resultant pain will subside. The problem will continue or return if left uncorrected. One of the most common health problems associated with the foot is the development of ingrown toenails. Typically this condition affects the big toe, but can occur in any one of the toenails. Ingrown nails can be easily prevented, but may require the attention of a podiatrist if the condition becomes severe or infection is present. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, occurs when one of the two blood pressure numbers are below normal; that reading is considered hypotensive. Athletes and people who exercise regularly often have blood pressure readings that are lower than the average. Ringing in the ear and pressure are not typical symptoms of low blood pressure. The towel grab can help to decrease pain and increase your arch. Stand or sit with hand towel placed under one of your feet. Curl your toes and use the arch of your foot to scrunch the towel together. You can also use your foot to straighten the towel back out. Complete one set of 10 repetitions for each of your feet. You Might Also Like Single Leg Balance Prostatitis is an infection of the prostate gland that results in inflammation. It is most often caused by a bacterial infection that stems from the urethra, which is the tube through which urine travels from the bladder out of the body. Do flexible flat feet limit a child’s activity or performance? Hey, they might, but I’m not so convinced. A study in March of 2009 compared athletic performance of over 200 mild to severely flat footed 11 to 15 year olds with a same-aged group with normal arches. Researchers found no significant difference, and thus no need to ‘treat’ the pes planus kids to make them better athletes. Foot for thought. The unique arrangements of the bones of the foot and the ligaments holding them together provide the foot with a longitudinal arch, an architectural system that provides a stable yet flexible support for the body when standing and walking.