The space between the front and back part of the foot is known as the arch. Believe it or not, this area of the foot often bears a lot of the weight of your body and therefore is subject to stress.
What Causes Arch Pain?
Arch pain occurs when there is inflammation and/or a burning sensation at the arch of the foot. Pain in this area can mean the bones, ligaments, and muscles are overworked and tired. There can be many different causes that are attributed to arch pain, such as a structural imbalance or even an injury to the foot. Another cause of arch pain stems from a condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissues that runs from the heel to the forefoot. When the plantar fascia is stretched excessively away from the heel, this leads to pain in the heel and the arch area. Flat feet, poor circulation, being overweight, having arthritis, or anemia are also causes of arch pain.
Pain in the arch is often felt early in the morning or after a prolonged period of rest. If strain on the arch continues (i.e. walking or standing for long periods of time) and is left untreated, a bony protrusion may develop, also known as a heel spur. As always, it is important to treat the condition as soon as possible before it worsens.
When to Seek Care
When your arch pain starts to interfere with your daily activities or you cannot perform certain tasks without pain, then you should consider seeking the care of a podiatrist. Arch pain symptoms often include:
- Pain before, during, and after daily activity or athletic performance
- Pain so severe it affects daily or athletic performance
- Burning sensation in arch
- Difficulty standing on tip toes
How can you prevent and treat arch pain?
Arch pain is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. One way to alleviate pain in the arch is by choosing the correct footwear. Avoiding high heels whenever possible and choosing footwear with soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles are all ways to treat this painful foot condition. Arch pain can also be treated with anti-inflammatory medication and simple stretching exercises.
Before treatment is chosen, it is important to have a podiatrist do a proper diagnosis of the cause to ensure the choice of treatment will be effective.