I hope you have enjoyed the secrets I have shared with you here. By putting them into practice, you too, can enjoy the benefits. Sue Arnoldus, is a Board Certified Pedorthist. She enjoys helping individuals improve their health and fitness, by making minor changes. If you are like me, then you will probably know that using free weights and machines is the fastest and most efficient way there is to improve your metabolism and strength but for many reasons these may not be convenient or readily accessible to you. Don't assume you shoe size is the same as it has always been. The shape of you feet changes over time. We are all interested in getting in great shape and the cheapest form of exercise is running. Most of us eat too much and we need to exercise to maintain a healthy body weight. An hour of running burns about 850 calories. Of course, the faster you run the more calories you burn. To be able to participate regularly in running the runner needs the best running shoes. Poor shoes hurt our feet and we are more apt to get injuries when we are not wearing the right kind of shoes. This causes the runner to get discouraged and soon quit running and perhaps all kinds of exercise. Take a look at infants and toddlers and you will notice that everyone starts out in life with flat feet and no arches. The long medial arch of the foot gradually develops as a child starts to walk, replacing the original large fat pad that cushioned the foot. The alignment of your foot's 26 bones, 33 joints and 100+ tendons, muscles and ligaments provide support for the arch. The arch is like a well-designed bridge, relying on structure rather than just muscular strength. Flat -footedness may be hereditary so check your family history. It may also be the result of abnormal walking conditions caused by incorrect development of the foot Edit Flat feet in children flat foot normal foot Flat feet of a child are usually expected to develop into high or proper arches, as shown by feet of the mother.The appearance of flat feet is normal and common in infants, partly due to "baby fat" which masks the developing arch and partly because the arch has not yet fully developed. The human arch develops in infancy and early childhood as part of normal muscle, tendon, ligament and bone growth. Flat arches in children usually become proper arches and high arches while the child progresses through adolescence and into adulthood. People of all ages can be affected by knee pain. A knee injury can affect ligaments, fluid filled sacs or tendons that surround the knee joint. It may also affect the ligaments, bones and cartilage that build the knee joint. Injuries like torn cartilage or ruptured ligament can cause knee pain. Some medical conditions like gout, arthritis and infections may be the reasons behind knee pain. While a minor knee pain may respond well to self care measures acute knee pain may require physical therapy or surgery to provide relieve. Checking your health history for evidence of illnesses or injuries that could be linked to flat feet or fallen arches Your doctor can diagnose pes planus with a simple examination, but must also determine the cause to treat the condition. Your doctor will have you stand on your toes to see if an arch develops. If the arch develops, you have flexible flat feet and you will require no further tests or treatments. If the arch does not develop, your doctor will request X-rays. Your doctor will also check for a shortened Achilles tendon - a band of tissue running down the back of the lower leg and connecting to your calf muscle and heel bone, which helps raise your heel off the ground. Are you the type of runner that runs many miles each week? Are you training for a marathon? Runners with a rigid arch have trouble absorbing shock. These runners will enjoy a cushioning running shoe. These shoes are very flexible. In fact , once you determine that this is the right type of shoe for you grab it and see if you can bend it in half. If you can then this is a great pair for you. They usually like to add to their proclamation some form of external validation. Like, “I’ve seen one of the best podiatrists in the world and he agrees that I need orthotics.” But I failed the physical because of “obtrusive pes planus,” which we commonly call really flat feet. I was stunned. My dad was furious. He had feet as flat as mine and somehow managed to soldier from North Africa through Italy in pursuit of Germans during the war. He didn’t believe flat feet could stop someone from being a fly boy. I went to college in Seattle, fell in love with the ocean mist and started a career in journalism. But I graduated in 1969 when the Vietnam War was still raging and college graduates were draft bait. Your rheumatoid arthritis could also lead to secondary conditions, such as bunions (often due to the loosening of joint capsules) and hammertoes. It may even mimic plantar fasciitis and cause pain in your heel. You could also develop flat feet as a result of RA, or experience Achilles tendon pain, or even have dislocated toe joints. The extra water can get trapped between your swelling toes and cause athletes feet and other skin conditions that can be hard to treat with your large belly in the way. It is also important to aid your circulation by moving around every couple of hours.