Arch pain has a variety of causes. Sometimes the pain radiates to other areas of the foot such as the heel in the condition called plantar fasciitis. Arch pain can get worse after strenuous activity or it can develop slowly after many hours of hard training, work, stress, and pressure on the feet.
It can be difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of arch problems. Your best step is to see your podiatrist for a complete foot exam and a computerized gait analysis to determine your foot type and how best to treat your arch problems. Correcting problems with your arches can also correct knee, back, and hip misalignments.
Arch pain can be caused by the following issues:
- Stress fractures
- Tendon, ligament, and muscle strain
- Structural abnormalities
- Various types of arthritis
- Repetitive stress
- Damage from accident or injury
- Muscle cramps
Some of the treatments for arch pain include the following:
- Resting and icing—Resting your foot and applying an ice pack several times a day to the arch will decrease swelling and pain. Ibuprofen or Tylenol will also reduce symptoms. Elevating your foot while resting is also recommended.
- Custom orthotics—Using orthotic inserts that are made to precisely fit your foot will support the arch and correct pronation problems.
- The right footwear—Make certain you wear the correct shoe for the activity you are participating in. Wearing running shoes on the tennis court is just asking for trouble.
- Switch to lower impact activities—Arch pain can be relieved by switching from high impact activities to cycling, swimming, and weight lifting.
If you are experiencing arch pain, the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.