Other terms for over-pronation are fallen arches, dropped arches or collapsed arches. The term flat feet is also often used. However, a true 'flat foot' is very rare. In fact, less than 5% of the population have completely flat feet (Pes Planus) with no arch present whatsoever. Most of us (90%) have a normal to low arch and only 5% have a high arch. People with a high arch (Pes Cavus) are also called over-supinators. This means that the foot stays rigid at all times and lacks its natural shock-absorbing mechanism. If you dread getting out of bed in the morning because of the pain in your feet, or you find it difficult to bend your feet because your arches hurt, and you also cannot touch your toes because of the tightness in your Achilles tendon and calves, then it is likely that you are suffering from and looking to cure plantar fasciitis According to the Mayo Clinic, neuromas are benign growths of nerve tissue that may arise in various parts of the body. Morton's neuroma develops in the foot, usually between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, and causes a thickening of the nerve tissue that innervates the toes. Regardless of the insoles you ultimately choose, it is important to break in these types of devices over a prolonged period of time. Your foot may not be accustomed to the level of support a new insole provides, and it may take some time for the muscles and ligaments to acclimate. If you look at an adult foot from the inside, you'll usually notice an upward curve in the middle. This is called an arch. Tendons - tight bands that attach at the heel and foot bones - form the arch. Several tendons in your foot and lower leg work together to form the arches in your foot. The most common cause of heel pain and heel spurs is a condition called Plantar Fasciitis (sometimes misspelled Planter Fascitis). This is Latin for inflammation of the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is the broad band of fibrous tissue that runs under the foot and that forms your arch. Because of a number of different factors the plantar fascia are being overly stretched and this continuous pulling results in inflammation and pain at the heel, at the point where the ligaments insert into the heel bone. You may have arch pain if you feel pain in your arch and/or fatigue in your arch, heel, knee, leg or lower back. Fitness walking is the most accessible exercise for people of all ages. However, as people age, general physical problems tend to crop up - pain, stiffness, joint degeneration and loss of balance. This article undertakes to address those issues and to suggest how people might deal with ( correct , not "get used to" ) them and get the most from a fitness walking program. Balance results from good coordination and fluid movement. It depends particularly upon uprightness - right-left symmetry. A side-tilt right or left, stooped posture or swayback throw balance off and decrease the speed at which we can move safely. Being off balance slows us down. I am 16 and have badly fallen arches that will probably require surgery soon but for now I would like to get the best shoes possible for my condition. my pediatrist said anything that has lots of support and stability is good. By the way, I have very strong orthotics (custom arch supports) which I always wear. Right now I am in New Balance Motion Control running shoes, new balance dames , just wondering if there is anything even better out there on the market for badly fallen arches and if somebody w/ my condition has suggestions. thanks. Strictly speaking it is foot pain caused by the swelling in the wide plantar fascia ligament which runs underneath the arch of the foot, joining the heel bone to the toes. This ligament stretches and relaxes back with every step. When young and supple, the plantar fascia copes well with excessive stress. But over time, the accumulation of excessive stress damages it, causing minute rips to form. The sites of these small tears become inflamed as they continue to be stressed, ultimately leading to severe foot pain at the site of the rips.