Most common types of foot pain

The most common foot problem is heel pain; millions of people around the world suffer from heel pain each year. Fortunately, in most cases there’s a simple and inexpensive solution to heel pain, as well as most other types of foot pain.

Heel Pain

The most common cause of heel pain is Plantar Fa+sciitis, which consists in the inflammation of the Plantar Fascia.

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Ball of Foot Pain

Pain under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) is a common complaint with women wearing high-heeled shoes.

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Arch Pain

Foot arch pain is a common type of foot pain. Its symptoms include pain when getting up in the morning.

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Achilles Tendonitis

FAchilles Tendonitis (Tendinopathy) is a condition that involves the inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

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Flat feet / Fallen arches (over-pronation)

Most people (approx. 60-70% of the population) suffer from excessive pronation due to flat feet when walking, running and standing.

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Callous and Corns

Callous and corns result from constant rubbing and friction on the foot.

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Aching Feet

All of us have experienced tired and aching feet at one point or another, especially after long periods of shopping, walking or standing.

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Knee Pain

This type of condition presents itself as a sharp pain in the knee and a grinding sensation, especially when getting up or walking up stairs.

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Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain presents itself as a dull backache and tiredness in the lower back, especially after standing for prolonged periods.

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Shin Pain / Shin Splints

The term “Shin Splints” refers to a painful condition in the shin, involving inflammation that occurs either in the front or inside section of the shin bone.

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A bunion is a growth resulting from an enlargement of the joint at the side of the big toe.

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The Solution: Footminders® podiatric orthotics

  • Footminders orthotics offer effective, low-cost and long-lasting relief from foot pain problems. Developed by podiatrists, Footminders orthotics help restore the ideal neutral position of the feet and help correct ‘over-pronation’. By restoring our normal foot function, Footminders orthotic insoles also helps re-gain natural body balance.
  • Footminders orthotics are the result of years of biomechanical research and development. They are designed to provide you with relief for many common foot ailments, while assisting in long-term prevention of future foot problems and foot pain.
  • Footminders unique design and material composition gives the wearer a combination of support AND cushioning! In turn, resulting in improved walking comfort and effective relief from common aches and pains.
  • Footminders biomechanical arch supports are a very affordable, easy and instant solution to foot pain and discomfort. They can also assist with shin pain, aching legs, knee and back pain.

There are different models of Footminders to suit various types of footwear. Learn more about podiatrist-developed Footminders orthotics.

Recommended Footmiders orthotic insoles for prevention and treatment of foot pain are:

Factors that increase the likelihood of foot pain:


As we age, our feet widen and flatten, plus the padding on the sole of the foot wears down, and the skin on our feet becomes drier. Foot pain in older people may be the first sign of arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory disease.


Women are at higher risk than men for severe foot pain, most likely because of high-heeled shoes. Severe foot pain appears to be a major cause of general disability in older women.

Occupational Risk Factors

People who are on their feet all day because of work are very likely to suffer from some type of foot pain or discomfort.


pregnant women have an increased risk of foot pain problems due to weight gain, swelling in their feet and ankles, and the release of certain hormones that cause ligaments to relax.

Sports and Dancing

Especially heel pain, shin splints, and knee pain can increase with sports, running or dancing.

Weight gain

Being overweight puts added stress on the feet and can lead to foot pain or ankle injuries.


Rolling inwards of the foot and flattening of the arches (over-pronation) is a major contributing factor to foot pain.