- Age: as we get older, our feet widen and our arches flatten. Also, the fat padding on the sole and heel area wears thinner and the skin on our feet becomes dryer. Foot pain in older people could well be the first sign of arthritis, diabetes and circulatory disease.
- Gender: Women are at higher risk than men for foot pain, mostly because of high-heeled and tight they wrear or have been wearing in the past. Severe foot pain is quite common in older women.
- Occupational Risk Factors: people who are on their feet all day because of the work they do, will always run the risk of suffering some type of foot pain or discomfort, as well as aching legs and low back pain.
- Sports and Dancing: especially heel pain, shin splints, and knee pain can increase with sports, running or dancing, in particular Irish dancing.
- Weight gain: being overweight puts added stress on the feet which often leads to various types of foot pain
- Pregnancy: pregnant women have an increased risk of foot pain problems due to weight gain, swelling in their feet and ankles. Plus, the release of certain hormones may cause ligaments to relax, causing weakness in the feet and ankles
- Over-pronation: rolling inwards of the foot and flattening of the arches (over-pronation) is a major contributing factor to foot pain.