According to research 75% of people in the UK experience some kind of foot problem.
Badly fitting shoes, too much walking, and being overweight are common causes of aching feet. Ligaments in the foot become strained which leads to pain in the middle of the foot, discomfort may also spread along the inside of the foot and into the calf.
Foot strain of this type often disappears with rest, if the pain continues consult a doctor.
More serious foot problems can be caused by wearing the wrong shoes.
Shoes which are too tight cause bunions, corns and calluses and if worn too much and too often may even result in deformed feet.
Shoes which are too loose may slip up and down causing painful blisters.
Continuous wearing of shoes with heels higher than 5cm (2″) compresses the toes, may cause bunions , over lapping toes, and backache.
Wearing the correct fitting shoes is one of the keys to avoiding foot problems, get your feet measured, its not just children who should have their feet measured, feet can increase in size as we grow older.
The best way to strengthen your feet is to go barefoot as much as possible, this improves the mobility of the toes, reduces tension in the feet and generally helps you to relax.
Take regular care of your feet, cut your toenails regularly, and wash your feet daily in warm soapy water, make sure you dry them thoroughly.
Treat yourself to a pedicure every so often, or do one on yourself at home.
Regular foot massage also helps to improve circulation and relieve tensions.