Possible over pronation of feet

I am a 53 year old female who has worked in the medical field for over 30 years and been on my feet a lot! Recently my feet have started hurting very bad in the ball of the foot, 5th metatarsal, the heel, and even sometimes in the 3rd and 4th toes. It is getting to the point that I almost limp! My current job requires a lot of standing in one spot, along with walking. I had a very high arch when I was young, but it looks like my arches are falling. Could this be the problem??

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. It is possible that your arches could be falling. This typically happens when you weaken your posterior tibial tendon. This tendon supports your arch and can be stressed with excessive standing or activity. Typically falling arches or over-pronation will put stress on the inside of you foot, not the outside – however without examining you it is difficult for me to say if it is or isn’t related.

    Standing puts a lot of stress on your feet and is actually more damaging than walking. I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can discuss the possible benefit of orthotics which can control pronation (if you have this) and can off-load any hot spots you may have.

    Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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