Foot Pain (Plantar Fascitis/Pes Planus)


Foot pain can be very difficult to address because we are bipedal and require walking on two feet for an average of 10,000 steps per day. So when there is a problem in the foot it does not take long to know something is wrong. The foot and ankle consists of 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and hundreds of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Common problems include sprain and/or sprains, fractures, plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia), pes planus (flat foot/collapsed arch), pronation/supination problems, pes cavus (excessive arch), etc. Acute trauma, or chronic repetitive strain is the main mechanisms of injury. If left untreated frequent recurrence of the injury may occur, as the region becomes less stable. Potential accumulation of more sensitive and painful scar tissue, impaired blood flow, swelling, restricted motion, and development of osteoarthritis, etc. may also occur.