The most obvious symptoms of fallen arches are foot pain and discomfort. You might begin to have difficulty walking comfortably. Your foot might begin to turn out at the ankle, causing you to distribute too much of your body weight over the inner part of your feet. As a result of the decreased support from your arches, you could also experience misalignment of the foot, ankle, knee and lower back. Therefore, the pain of fallen arches extends well beyond your feet. Dec 27, 2010 By Michelle Zehr Photo Caption Flat feet can lead to stiffness, lack of flexibility and pain in your lower extremities during sports. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images Podiatrists diagnose and treat both commonplace and more exceptional skin and nail pathologies of the feet. Podiatrists play a crucial role in maintaining the activity of numerous older and disabled individuals, and others. This is achieved with the continual tracking of foot health, particularly of those with circulation disorders and diabetes. The child's foot is not really a small-scale model of an adult foot. It's shape is not finally established until growth ceases at the end of the second decade of life. Podiatrists detect and treat children's foot problems by mindful examination of the foot, and lower limb, where essential. An easy and traditional home diagnosis is the "wet footprint" test, performed by wetting the feet in water and then standing on a smooth, level surface such as smooth concrete or thin cardboard or heavy paper. Usually, the more the sole of the foot that makes contact (leaves a footprint), the flatter the foot. In more extreme cases, known as a kinked flatfoot, the entire inner edge of the footprint may actually bulge outward, where in a normal to high arch this part of the sole of the foot does not make contact with the ground at all. Treatment edit Most children with flat feet do not have any problem with pain in the feet or legs. In fact, children with high arches are more likely to have foot pain. Parents may notice that they cannot see their child’s arches or that their ankles seem to roll inward when they are walking. Some children with flexible flat feet do have pain over the arch or bottom surface of the foot when walking or running. Pain felt in the knee or legs and limping due to pain after strenuous activity are much less common; when these symptoms are present, other causes should be considered. Treatment This leads us to treatment for flat feet. Feet that are flat because of a structural problem, or gradually loosening ligaments or tendons can be helped through shoe orthotics. Start with a firm, over-the-counter insert. They usually cost less than $40 per pair. If needed, you can get custom orthotics from a physician, podiatrist, orthotist or physical therapist. These can cost hundreds of dollars but are usually made with more durable materials. A certain degree of PP (flat feet) is relatively common (and normal) in infants and adolescents; and the majority of patients will either 'grow-out' of the condition, or will never demonstrate problematic signs or symptoms. Flat foot or fallen arch is a common foot deformity that is medically known as ‘pes planus’ and is characterized by the presence of flat arches of the foot. This means that the entire bottom region of your bare foot is touching the ground. As opposed to contrary belief, it is completely normal to have a flat foot. Cross-training shoes – These are the best shoes for flat feet for they are designed in a manner to support smooth side-to-side movement. The runner shoes on the other hand concentrate on the forward motion which does not compliment the anatomy of a flat foot resulting in soreness and severe aching. A person normally lands his foot on the outer side of the heel when walking, and passes his weight along the inner side of his sole, then rolls the foot back to the outer side. This is the normal pronation movement of the foot. A person with fallen arches or flat feet, however, tends to walk with excessive pronation, such that his body weight flattens the medial or inner arch of the foot, straining the plantar fascia that lies beneath. Injection of corticosteroids – in patients who do not respond to oral analgesics corticosteroids may be injected by a physician to reduce inflammation and relieve plantar fasciitis. Body odor is a cause for embarrassment for some people. Long days out in the sun or just being away from home for several hours can cause you to become a stronger-smelling version of your typically clean self. Utilize several natural remedies to eliminate unwanted body odor quickly and efficiently. Some herbs and other naturally occurring substances can both absorb odor or interact with your body's pH level to stop unwanted smells at their source. IgE, otherwise known as Immunoglobulin E, is an antibody cell released by the immune system when an allergic reaction takes place either through foods or inhaled particles. The IgE number indicates allergies may be present. Casting and immobilization. This is a last conservative treatment option for managing patients with symptomatic flexible flatfoot, and is typically most commonly indicated for patients with posterior tibial tendinitis. However, treatment of acute cases of posterior tibial tendinitis (or tendinopathy) may begin with immobilization, followed by other conservative measures such as those listed above once inflammation is resolved. Nonetheless, the purpose of casting is to remove the strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon. Ideally a short-leg nonweightbearing cast provides the most ‘rest’ to the tendon. Some patients are better managed in a walking cast and this depends on the severity of the tendinitis. Surgical management.