Arch Pain

What is Arch Pain?

Arch pain, or strain, is most often felt as a burning sensation along the long arch of the foot. There are a number of possible causes for this pain, but the most common are structural problems of the foot and stretching of the plantar fascia that supports the foot.

The latter is a common condition suffered by many athletes called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis results when the arch is excessively stretched, sometimes due to the condition known as flat feet. The resulting inflammation often leads to considerable pain in the arch and heel areas. The pain can be extreme after prolonged periods of rest such as after a good night’s sleep.

If the strain on the arch continues over a period of time and left untreated, a bony protrusion may develop. This is called a bone spur and it is important to have it treated.

What Causes Arch Pain?

Arch pain, or strain, is most often felt as a burning sensation along the long arch of the foot. There are a number of possible causes for this pain, but the most common are structural problems of the foot and stretching of the plantar fascia that supports the foot.

The latter is a common condition suffered by many athletes called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis results when the arch is excessively stretched, sometimes due to the condition known as flat feet. The resulting inflammation often leads to considerable pain in the arch and heel areas. The pain can be extreme after prolonged periods of rest such as after a good night’s sleep.

If the strain on the arch continues over a period of time and left untreated, a bony protrusion may develop. This is called a bone spur and it is important to have it treated.

What Are The Symptoms of Arch Pain?

Arch pain, or strain, is most often felt as a burning sensation along the long arch of the foot. There are a number of possible causes for this pain, but the most common are structural problems of the foot and stretching of the plantar fascia that supports the foot.

What Are The Treatment Options For Arch Pain?

A complete diagnosis from a health professional is essential in the management of arch pain. Advice should be sought on the adequacy of footwear. Women should avoid high-heeled shoes. Both men and women should select footwear that has a reasonable heel with soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles, and removable foot insoles. In addition, stretching exercises for the calf muscles and the arch may be needed. Remember to continue with stretching exercises long after the symptoms are gone. Activity levels and the types of activities (both work- and sports-related) may need to be modified to aid in recovery.

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