As with any foot disorder, the key to your optimal health will lie in the early detection and treatment by a trained healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist. As a foot pain sufferer, when you do not see the presence of any obvious foot disorders, consider the foot complication related to the poor timing of your shoe purchase coupled with abnormally fast activity while in shoes and any adjustments your weight may have on your balance and mobility. Adjusting for these three factors, you may be able to alleviate and remedy your own foot pain and resolve, or prevent other complications from arising. The towel scrunch exercise helps to stretch and strengthen your arches. To perform, stand with one foot in the center of a hand towel. Scrunch your toes in and straighten them out to bunch the towel as much as possible. When you have scrunched the towel, use your feet to stretch the towel back out. Repeat on the opposite foot. Stork Stretch The American Podiatry Medical Association says buying shoes is best done during the afternoon. Your feet tend to swell a little during the day, and it's best to buy shoes that fit then. An 'orthotic' (orthotic insole, shoe insert or orthosis) is a device placed inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring our normal foot function. Different types of foot orthotics are available, from special custom-made devices (prescribed by a Podiatrist) to so called 'off-the-shelf' orthotics which can be purchased from pharmacies, good quality shoe stores or specialty websites. On average, most people take about four to six thousand steps per day. Walking on pavement is not natural to our feet, which are designed to walk on the ground. Walking on the ground, in effect, "massages" our feet, keeping them supple and toned. Incorrect footwear also takes a toll on our feet. Come to think of it, I do not think I ever really found out the result, and gave the pseudo experiment up as a bad idea soon afterwards. Besides, during the times when it did not rain, I found that I drank much more water than when it did, because of the hot sun. Even on those hot days the amount of water I did consume was never the same quantity anyway. On those hot days, I also found that the urge to stop and take a leak did not enter my mind even once, for the sweat kept me permanently wet from morning to evening. Medical Condition. Medical conditions such as tarsal coalition , diabetes muscle diseases , nervous system conditions, elasticity due to pregnancy, injury and arthritis are some of the most common causes of flat feet. Wear and Tear. PP condition can also be caused by wear and tear, as the person grows older it is not unlikely that his daily activity for years will take its toll and cause his arch to collapse. Weakening and inflammation may damage the tendon and eventually causing the condition to finally happen. Apr 16, 2011 By Beth Rifkin Photo Caption Stay active by keeping your feet strong and healthy. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images Gene. One of the most common reasons for pes planus or PP is gene factor. It is more likely for people who have parents with the same condition to have it. It is however unlikely, but not impossible, that it will manifest in all the children of those who have it. Undeveloped Arches. For infants and toddlers, it is a common fact that they would not have an arch yet and this should not worry the parents. The undeveloped arch usually develops through the toddler years. For the undeveloped arches, baby fat is a common reason why the flat footed condition exists for infants and toddlers. I made a stupid mistake with credit cards, with health insurance, etc. It could have all been prevented if back then, I took the time to be realistic about my spendings. However, I'm making the sacrifices now (such as not eating out, not having new clothes every month, not buying all the luxury items I want) to pay off my mistakes. There's stuff in this country that definitely needs to be fixed but why the heck are you protesting Wall Street? Go occupy in a place that matters. Where laws can change. Like I don't know, the government?