There are many types of foot pain nowadays, to name a few: Turf toe, Arch pain, Corns & Calluses... Today, we will go through the overview, causes & treatment of Arch pain, and some Orthopedic Shoes Recommendation at the end of this blog, so please be sure that you'll read till the end!
Arch pain is a common foot concern. It appears in runners and athletes, and also in less active people. The foot's arch stretches from the base of your toes to your heel. The arch helps:
- absorb shock
- bear weight
- create balance
- stabilize movement
- adapt to changes in terrain
You may feel Arch pain in the ball and heel of the foot. It occurs due to structural issues, especially if those structural issues become aggravated by:
- weight gain
- neurological conditions
- physical stress
The following are common conditions that can cause arch pain:
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of arch pain and one of the most common orthopedic complaints reported. It’s caused by inflammation, overuse, or injury to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the front of your foot to your heel.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you may feel pain and stiffness in the heel and arch.
Overpronation is used to describe the way your foot moves when you walk. In people who overpronate, the heel's outer edge hits the ground first, and then the foot rolls inward onto the arch. This overly flattens the foot.
Cavus foot is a condition where the foot has a very high arch. It may be an inherited structural abnormality, or neurological conditions could cause it.
When you first notice the pain, rest your foot and take a break from activities that put a lot of stress on your feet, like running or sports with a lot of jumping. You may need to avoid strenuous activities for a few days, or longer if the pain persists.
You may also try icing your foot. Apply ice to your foot for 10–15 minutes twice a day until the pain subsides.
If you suspect plantar fasciitis, you can try this self-release stretch:
- Place your ankle on your thigh and cradle your toes in one hand.
- With the other hand, gently fold the foot in on itself by pushing down and in on the heel.
- Gently push the toes toward the heel, and hold for 3–5 minutes.
- Do this once a day, or whenever you experience pain.
Avoid unsupportive footwear
Wearing unsupportive shoes may aggravate pain and make your condition worse. Try Orthopedic shoes that the podiatrists recommend or you can search for them online.
Orthopedic shoes usually appear with removable orthotic support insoles, ideally made for pain relief, arch support, posture correction, bunion correction, plantar fasciitis... We recommend some of our Orthopedic Shoes that are highly recommended by our Podiatrists team below, feel free to pick the best for you!