Arch Pain / Arch Strain
The term arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an
inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot.
There are many different factors that can cause arch pain. A structural
imbalance or an injury to the foot can often be the direct cause. However,
most frequently the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a broad band of
fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from
the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia,
usually due to over-pronation (flat feet), causes plantar fasciitis.
The inflammation caused by the plantar
fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel
and arch areas. The pain is often extreme in the morning when an
individual first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest.
If this condition is left untreated and
strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop,
known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition promptly
before it worsens.
Treatment and Prevention
This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer
from arch pain avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible. 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.
If the problem persists, consult your
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