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Each stage of your life is associated with its own set of foot problems. The following are typical associations between age and problems of the feet. However, most problems can appear at any age. Be sure to see your health care professional as soon as the problem appears.



  • Congenital malformations of the foot (flatfoot, talipes, etc).
  • Walking/gait problems.


Congenital problems

Today, most congenital problems of the feet can be corrected. At birth, your newborn’s feet should be examined. If problems are noted, a podiatric physician or orthopaedic surgeon may be recommended. Your child’s pediatrician should also evaluate your child’s feet, looking for gait and other problems, throughout childhood.



  • Exercise-related problems (from lack of warm-ups, improper technique and movements).
  • Breaks, sprains.
  • Infections, splinters, lacerations (usually from walking barefoot).


Youth and sports

TheAmericanAcademyof Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has expressed concern about the needs of young athletes. A young person’s coordination, strength and stamina are different from adults.

Bone-tendon-muscle units, growth areas within bones and ligaments, are more susceptible to injury. Feet and legs are vulnerable to soft tissue injuries and stress fractures. Repeat injuries also are a problem. The AAOS has called upon coaches, in particular, to be alert to early signs of physical problems, such as pains or limps.

Athletic activity is generally a very good thing. “However,” warns the AAPA, “peer pressure and the economic and social forces exerted on school coaches to win may lead to decisions that are not truly in the best interests of a child’s health, growth and development.



  • Exercise-related problems (often from lack of warm-ups/stretching).
  • Problems associated with other disorders (diabetes, arthritis, circulatory problems).
  • Problems associated with ill-fitting shoes (corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes).
  • Natural wear and tear problems (particularly if you’re more than 50 years old).


The 75,000 mile campaign for people over age 50

According to Dr. Terence B. Albright, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), most Americans have logged 75,000 miles or more on their feet by the time they reach the age of 50. Active people may reach that mileage sooner, depending on their occupation and lifestyle.

At 75,000 miles, the chances of the following increase dramatically:

  • Toenail infections and other problems.
  • Loss of natural foot padding/related stress fractures.
  • Toe and joint deformities.
  • Heel pain.
  • Diabetes problems (can appear at any age).

After 75,000 miles, natural wear and tear on the foot and ankle can develop into debilitating conditions if left untreated. In a battle against unnecessary disability and loss of mobility, the APMA and others urge active Americans or Americans older than 50 to have their feet checked




What causes foot problems?

Most conditions of the feet are caused by neglect and abuse, such as wearing improperly fitted shoes. Other conditions are symptoms of more serious disorders, such as diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems. Though less common, there are congenital malformations and disabilities. Deformities of this nature may include flatfoot, caused by weakened muscles and ligaments of the arch, and talipes or clubfoot, which is caused by the shortening of muscles and tendons.

Fitness Benefits For Teens

  • Teens and young adults, both male and female, benefit from physical activity.
  • Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to be beneficial.
  • Moderate amounts of daily physical activity are recommended for people of all ages. This amount can be obtained in longer sessions of moderately intense activities, such as brisk walking for 30 minutes, or in shorter sessions of more intense activities, such as jogging or playing basketball for 15-20 minutes.
  • Greater amounts of physical activity are even more beneficial, up to a point. Excessive amounts of physical activity can lead to injuries, menstrual abnormalities, and bone weakening.


  • Nearly half of American youths aged 12-21 years are not vigorously active on a regular basis. About 14 percent of young people report no recent physical activity. Inactivity is more common among females (14%) than males (7%) and among black females (21%) than white females (12%).
  • Participation in all types of physical activity declines strikingly as age or grade in school increases.
  • Only 19 percent of all high school students are physically active for 20 minutes or more, five days a week, in physical education classes.
  • Daily enrollment in physical education classes dropped from 42 percent to 25 percent among high school students between 1991 and 1995.
  • Well designed school-based interventions directed at increasing physical activity in physical education classes have been shown to be effective.
  • Social support from family and friends has been consistently and positively related to regular physical activity.


  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
  • Helps control weight, build lean muscle, and reduce fat.
  • Prevents or delays the development of high blood pressure and helps reduce blood pressure in some adolescents with hypertension.


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