When helping your loved one to treat the complications with Achilles tendinitis, one of the most important aspects of care will include the use of some form of natural formula to reduce inflammation. Elevating the feet, using warm foot soaks, and increasing intake of vitamin E as well as omega-3 supplements will provide the most natural therapeutic benefit. In addition a massage therapist can provide therapeutic massage for pain and this will help to minimize swelling as well. Flat feet', or ' fallen arches ', describes a condition in which the arch of the foot has collapsed so that the entire sole of the foot lies flat against the ground. The large muscles that control your ankle movements can also help fix your arches. Standing calf raises work these muscles. Place your toes on the edge of a stair or raised surface with your heels hanging down, and then lift your heels as high as possible. This movement help to restore the arches of your feet and strengthen the entire foot and ankle complex as well. Gradually starting an exercise program and walking in comfortable appropriately fitted shoes will provide the support and strength needed to restore your arches. For problems with the posterior tibial tendon, treatment may start with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and shoe inserts or ankle braces. The foot arch is formed by the foot bones, joints and ligaments to support the weight of the whole body in the proper posture with the minimum load. The arch’s height identifies the type of foot and its pronation. Low arches are most likely to result in injuries, however, flat feet is termed for the arch which seems to sit on the flat ground. Customized orthotics is produced by a shoe specialist usually orthopedic. The specialist will have to recommend shoes as per the needs of each foot. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's time for a trip to the doctor. Diagnosing Flat Feet and Fallen Arches Patient notes that they walk on the inside of their foot and quickly wear out or squash the medial aspect of the soles of their shoes A podiatrist may look at the foot from behind to seek evidence of your heels rolling out which will signify over pronation. Pes Planus can be effectively treated with orthotics (special insoles) that provide biomechanical support and help feet to function more efficiently. The most effective orthotics are those which are custom made to fit your foot, but in many cases a non-prescription orthotics or insoles can be used. Plantar fasciitis- Plantar fasciitis is the number one problem caused by over pronation. When you have a fallen arch, the connective tissue along the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis manifests as intense pain in the heel that can, in severe cases, spread to the arch and ball of the foot. Any kind of foot problem, fallen arch included, can cause an improper gait- or the way you walk. If your walk is wrong, it can cause knee, hip, back and even neck pain. Pain, swelling and inflammation are the immediate signs and signals from the body that something hurts. Many people have foot pain from poor shoe choices, bad posture habits , and pounding the feet into the ground to walk and run. Foot pain can start from a new activity (like my friend at the bowling alley) or pain can creep in from cumulative trauma over time until our feet just can’t take it anymore. 2.Consult with a Podiatrist. Podiatrists are foot care specialists. Getting sound advice from a foot expert can give you peace of mind and confidence that you’re doing the right things to take better care of your feet.