Arch Pain

Arch Pain

Arch Pain

Arch Pain

Arch pain is often felt as a dull ache under the long arch of the foot.

There are a number of causes of this, but the most common is a flat foot, but can also be due to the strain of any soft tissue in the arch of the foot.

Causes
The more common specific causes of arch pain can be:

  • Plantar Fasciitis (strain of the plantar fascia – a strong ligament that supports the arch)
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (a pinched nerve at the ankle that refers pain to the arch)
  • Foot strain from a pronated foot or flat foot
  • There can be Osteoarthritis of the joints in the midfoot that can cause arch pain

Solutions
This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer from arch pain avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible. Use footwear that is supportive in the midfoot and heel. Try to choose footwear with a reasonable heel, soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles.

When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain. This type of orthotic will control over-pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief.

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