Knee pain comes in as many types of conditions as the foot pain that we have thus far discussed. The causes of knee pain are also vastly different. Arthritis is one of those causes, but there are several others, such as bursitis, gout, or ligament injuries. In some cases, knee pain can be the result of improperly aligned feet. When this is the case, inadequate arch support provided by footwear can be a contributor. High-heeled footwear can also lead to knee pain because this type of footwear does not provide adequate balance of your body weight, thus contributing to an improper posture. If shoes do require breaking-in, moleskin pads should be placed next to areas on the skin where friction will occur. Shoes purchased for exercise should be specifically designed for a person's preferred sport. The heel area should be strong and supportive (but not too stiff) and the front of the shoe flexible. As soon as the heels show noticeable wear, the shoes or heels should be replaced. If a person insists on wearing high-heeled shoes, the heel should be wedge-shaped. (Even in these cases, the heel height should not be extreme.) People should avoid extreme variation between exercise footwear, street, and dress shoes. Shoes should be changed during the day. Another cause of Ball of Foot Pain is over-pronation. Over-pronation (or excess pronation) occurs in a lot of people, especially as they get older. The arches drop and feet and ankles tend to roll inwards. Excessive pronation is a major contributing cause to heel pain and heel spurs, but it also can lead to Metatarsalgia. As the longitidunal arch collapses so does the transverse arch. The transverse arch is the arch that runs across the forefoot and is formed by the 5 metatarsal bones. The bones in the foot drop and the structure of the foot is severely weakened. Foot pain is also caused by wearing the wrong type of shoes for the wrong type of activity. Really, there's a reason why athletic shoe makers sell billions of dollars of footwear each year. These shoes were designed to protect the feet while the user competes in his preferred sport. Sports or activities that are high-impact require more padding or support in certain areas. For instance, a marathon runner absorbs an incredible amount of force on his hindfoot, which is why professional running shoes are designed to absorb force. Wearing the wrong type of shoes can cause or even aggravate an existing injury. To get at the source of the problem, you have to give your arch some help and support. Try wearing an arch strapping This will add support to your arch. If the strapping does not provide enough relief, pick up some arch supports. You should be able to find them (probably by Dr. Scholls) at a drug store. They raise the arch and shift burden off the heel. By wearing these you also give the fascia a little slack - the arch doesn't have to stretch as far. If the strapping and the arch supports together are not enough, try adding heel pads. We have now entered a new era for the treatment of foot pain. Treatment methods now utilize minimally-invasive techniques which provide long-term relief, quick return to normal activities, and fast recovery time without any risky procedure. One such treatment method is the Cryosurgery procedure. This procedure is regarded as the best new advanced approach for foot and ankle pain relief. It is a minimally-invasive office technique that enables the patient to return to work quickly and has a high success rate in relieving heel and neuroma pain. By freezing the nerve to around -70 degrees Fahrenheit, long-term foot pain relief is achieved. Foot pain can be divided into three main categories. The most common one is the Biomechanical Pain which is caused by functionality disorder in the foot. In this type of pain, all increased activities may cause the foot condition to worsen over time. It may take other symptoms such as knee pain or body misalignment. There are many reasons why biomechanical pain happens such as foot misalignment. Foot misalignment is caused by excessive weights, which can put a lot of pressure on the foot; especially the heels. Wearing tight shoes or high heels is not recommended for those who suffer from foot pain.