Faulty foot structure and poor walking patterns influence the whole leg and therefore affect the whole body. This may lead to twisting of the knee, hip and lower back. It is particularly important that these conditions are checked if you have had, or are considering a hip or knee replacement.
In these circumstances, it would be advisable to see a podiatrist to obtain a postoperative assessment.
There is a lot that can be done to keep people free from foot pain. Sometimes simple accommodative measures such as padding or individually prescribed orthotic devices ( shoe inserts) in appropriate footwear can be enough. In more severe cases surgery may be needed.
People with foot problems such as these need a thorough assessment by a podiatrist who can offer treatment and assist by suggesting the most useful alternatives.