What Could Be Causing My Foot Arch Pain?

All too often we ignore our foot pain, wishing and hoping that it will just go away.

But foot pain is not normal and in many cases won’t be resolved without professional help. One of the most common types of foot discomfort is pain in the arch of the foot.

Your Foot’s Arch

Your foot actually has 3 arches. There are 2 longitudinal arches that run from the front of your foot to the back on each side, and 1 transverse arch running across the midfoot from the inside to the outside.

The arches are formed by ligaments, bones and tendons and are very important for weight bearing and propulsion in all types of movement. They bring needed stability as well as flexibility to your foot.

There are 3 arch types:

Causes of Arch Pain

Footwear – Shoes and sandals with little support or walking barefoot can put too much stress on your foot

Muscle and ligament strains – These types of injuries, such as someone stepping on your foot, can lead to incorrect biomechanics that cause arch pain.

Overuse – Straining the arches from excessive standing, running or jumping. Overuse injuries may result from exercising without proper warming up or by beginning a workout program too strenuously.

Plantar fasciitis – Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, can cause arch pain. Plantar fasciitis is caused by standing or walking on very hard surfaces, being overweight or wearing footwear without enough support.

Stress fracture – These tiny bone breaks caused by repetitive trauma or a single jolt can cause pain in the arches as well as other foot and ankle bones.

There are many other injuries and conditions that can cause arch pain. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPMurges you to schedule a visit at our office if you have pain in the arch of your foot. Most problems associated with arch pain will not go away by themselves! It takes a professional evaluation, diagnosis and careful treatment to heal the underlying issues and relieve arch pain. Even something as simple as fitting you with custom orthotics can help redistribute pressure on your foot and ease the pain.

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