Arch Supports & Common Conditions of the Foot ׀ by Vern Walther, C. Ped


Vern Walther, Board Certified Pedorthist, is the owner/manager of Foot Solutions in Mequon, WI. As a Board Certified Pedorthist he has undergone extensive training for foot pathology, physiology, and the construction of shoes and orthotic devices. Prior to the opening of his Foot Solutions store in January 2006, Vern had been actively involved at Runner's World magazine for the past twenty five years, most recently as the Consumer Marketing Director. His past work experience at Runner's World along with his personal experience as a runner complements the Foot Solutions approach to helping individuals discover what they can do to make their feet stay healthy.

The foot is a fundamental part of the human body. Not only does it allow for the capacity to walk, but it also allows for the ability to perform the most basic activities in our daily lives. Given the importance of the foot, injuries and complications to the foot can affect quality of life and the ability to function normally with everyday activities. The article below provides material about arch supports & common conditions associated with the foot.


Sports Performance & Arch Supports- In order to understand how an arch support can help your athletic performance, an understanding of basic foot function is necessary. Your feet are the interface with the ground, and make up a complex system of bones and joints that are a major contributor to shock absorption and propulsion. The shock absorption component comes into play when your foot ...>>read more


Bunions- A bunion is a bony bump located at the base of the big toe. It can be painful when it rubs against the shoe. Hallux Abductor Valgus is the medical term used to describe the position of the big toe, and is generally used together with the term bunion which describes the enlarged joint. Bunions are one of the most common big toe problems. Symptoms of a bunion include redness, swelling, or pain ...>>read more


Hallux Rigidus- Hallux rigidus literally means "stiff big toe". This condition is a type of degenerative arthritis in which the joint surfaces at one of the joints in your big toe begin to both wear away and develop extra, joint lining bone along the margins, called osteophytes or 'spurs'. This joint is important because it has to bend significantly every time you take a step. Hallux rigidus commonly develops in adults ...>>read more


Morton's Neuroma- A Morton's Neuroma is a common foot problem consisting of a benign tumor-like enlargement of a nerve at the ball of the foot. It is usually located between the third and fourth toes, or occasionally between the second and third. This condition is not a true tumor but rather a thickening of the tissue around the nerve. Symptoms of a Morton's Neuroma include sharp pain, burning sensation ...>>read more


Plantar Fasciitis- Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel and foot pain in adults. "Plantar" means the bottom of the foot, "fascia" is a type of connective tissue, and "-itis" means "inflammation". The classic symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain that is usually most severe first thing in the morning. This condition is characterized by inflammation at the insertion point of the plantar fascia on the heel ...>>read more


Shin Splints- Tibialis Anterior and/or Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis or "shin splints" generally refers to pain anywhere along the shin bone (tibia) between the knee and ankle. It occurs as a result of damage and inflammation of the tendons and muscles that run up the shin. Shin splints are commonly seen in runners and athletes. Signs and symptoms may include pain along the front-inside edge of your ...>>read more


For more information on arch supports or conditions of the foot please contact your physician, physical therapist or visit


Last revised: November 6, 2007
by Vern Walther, C. Ped

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