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The average person takes between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day. It is no wonder that many people have aches and pain in this part of the body. Factors such as flat feet or over-pronated feet, our walking and running style, the type of shoe wear can determine if we will get foot and ankle pain. However these factors can also affect the health of your back, knees and legs.
Flat feet are very common and it is estimated that at least one quarter of the population has flat feet. We are all born with flat feet and somewhere between the ages 3-10 we develop and arch. However in certain people this development never occurs. Besides genetic causes, there are a number of factors that can cause flat feet or predispose people to the condition. Age and weight also play a role in the condition’s development.
Having flat feet does not necessarily mean you will have pain as it’s possible for people to have the condition and never feel any discomfort. For people who do develop pain, it usually occurs in the feet and knees, and possibly in the hips and lower back.
Heel pain is one of the most common of the foot ailments is and the cause is usually inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that surrounds the muscles on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot, supporting the arch, protecting the foot and absorbing shock.
People who are constantly on their feet, such as nurses, teachers and waiters, are more susceptible, as are athletes who participate in foot-stressing activities such as aerobics, volleyball, running, basketball and tennis. Once one develops plantar fasciitis, it is often difficult to manage and can become very painful and persistent.
A chiropractor will be able to determine the cause of your problem and what treatments are best suited. These might include ultrasound therapy, joint manipulation, muscles stretching and strengthening exercises, special strapping. Our office has a machine to pin point if orthotics are needed for your feet.