Flat feet can occur when the ligaments that support the arch of the foot are looser, or more lax, than normal. Obesity, previous injury, diabetes and foot stressors such as high heels also contribute to flat feet. Flat feet are common in babies and small children, but can also affect adults. Pain and tenderness in the arch can result, New Zealand orthopedic surgeon Hugh Blackley reports on his website, Orthopaedic Surgery. Flat feet may also develop painful corns and hardened skin areas on the bottom of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear is engineered to provide relief from conditions that cause pain in the ball of the foot. The nerve lies in the subcutaneous tissue, just above the fat pad on the bottom of the foot between the metatarsal bones. The ground pushes up on the enlarged nerve with each step causing the nerve to be pinched between the metatarsal bones causing pain. The nerve normally gets bigger from the pinching and increases in pain as the problem gets worse. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle problems. Our education is a four year medical education focused on problems affecting the foot and ankle, followed by a surgical residency. Podiatrists need to have expertise in orthopedics, radiology, general problems of the foot, and surgery. The metatarsal bones comprise the ball - or area between the toes and arch - of the foot. Your five metatarsals connect to the small bones in your forefoot as well as your toes. The ball of your foot acts to transfer weight forward to your toes, allowing you to walk. A shock-absorbing fat pad lies between your metatarsals and your skin, helping you stand and walk comfortably. This relatively small area receives all of your weight - plus the impact force of your movement - during bipedal motion. Structural Abnormalities Diabetes wreaks havoc with many major organ systems in the human body. Among others, it tends to create some of the worst and life altering complications in the feet. Over one half of diabetic hospital admissions are foot related. This is typically due to the disease process' effect on the nerves and blood vessels. As a result, the main complications include neuropathy (altered sensations which can eventually lead to numbness), peripheral arterial disease, increased risk of infection, decrease in tissue integrity and compromised healing capacity. Make sure the shoe fits. If you can slip yourfoot out of the shoe while its on, then its either too big or not tightenough. In the evening, I was to sit, bring my foot up onto my knee, hold my toes and gently pull them back till I could feel the stretch and hold the position for 15 seconds, repeat 5 times. Then lower my foot onto a frozen can of orange juice placed on the floor and roll it back and forth under my arch for at least 5 minutes. buy shoes with a low to moderate heel, good arch support, and shock absorbency. Try not to go barefoot, especially on hard surfaces. Your choice of shoes and the added support you can give them can make all the difference. Replace Your Insoles I've had on and off pain in the middle of my foot for about 2 months, I just ignored it but now it has gotten worse, though I would not call it severe. The pain is only on one foot. The pain starts between my big toe and second toe and extends to my ankle. This area is a little swolen and My legs are quiet fat, i really want a gap in the middle of my thighs but i have tried lost of thinks but cant seem to loose the weight. To do this, it's best to use a small pair of cuticle scissors because you can be precise with cutting and have control over what you're cutting. So, once again, take a hot bath and then clip the dead portion of skin off the top of (and maybe some out of) your foot. Do not cut into the skin that you can feel yourself cutting into. Cut only the dead skin. Now with your toes (bare feet) try and lift the ball off the ground and bring it to the level of the knees or as high up as you can manage. Foot massage after an exhausting day gives a relaxing feel that is incomparable. And there are lots of health benefits that you can reap from a simple massage. Some of the noteworthy benefits include relieving stress, tension and painful symptoms. Also, it helps flush out toxins, activate lymph drainage and promote immune system. Although machines configured for foot massage are booming in the market, there is something special about gentle massaging with hands. Today Ill be discussing my ongoing battle with foot pain caused by Mortons neuroma , and what Ive learned about it so far. Ive included a resource list at the bottom of the post for convenience. Sometimes all the nonsurgical treatments do not help with pain and mobility and the condition gets worse. The doctor may recommend surgery. There are several kinds of surgical treatment options. The physician may suggest shaving bone spurs in the hip. This can postpone the need for a total hip replacement and give the patient some quality time before the more serious replacement surgery is necessary. It's become virtually impossible to ignore the screaming that is going on in my left foot. It's Groundhog Day every morning as my heel fires when it hits the floor and the "shards of glass" underfoot make me buckle and fall back to the bed.