Given how central the arches of our feet are to mobility, strength, and balance, it’s no surprise that arch pain is a frequent and common problem. There are several reasons why people develop pain in their arches, and those reasons play a significant role in how to treat and relieve the condition.

What Causes Arch Pain?

The arch runs along the bottom of the foot between the heel and ball. It is comprised of ligaments, tendons, and bones that all work together to help us bear weight, stabilize our movements, keep us balanced, and absorb shock.

Injuries or trauma to the foot are often the sources of arch pain. But other structural issues, like high or low arches, can arise over time that lead to arch pain. Some of the most common non-injury causes of arch pain include:

  • Aging
  • Overuse
  • Obesity
  • Neurological conditions
  • Overpronation (first striking the ground with the outer side of the heel when walking)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cavus foot
  • Flat feet
  • Fallen arches

Symptoms of Arch Pain

Obviously, pain in the arch itself is a fundamental symptom of the condition. But that pain and discomfort can expand and radiate to adjacent areas such as the:

  • Heel
  • Ball of foot
  • Top of foot
  • Hips
  • Legs
  • Knees
  • Back
  • Ankles

For some folks, arch pain is the most intense first thing in the morning. Most people, however, experience more pain when engaging in activities that use their feet, like standing, walking, or running.

Treatment Options for Arch Pain

In many cases, home remedies like anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications, as well as stretching exercises, can do a good job alleviating arch pain.

When such in-home efforts fail to provide relief, you should consult with a podiatrist. After a thorough examination of your foot and a diagnosis of the cause of your pain, they may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Braces
  • Casts
  • Cortisone injections
  • Prescription pain relievers (prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications)
  • Custom orthotics, support shoes, or inserts

Arch Pain? Call the Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWSpodiatry Today

At JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida, we utilize the most advanced and non-invasive techniques to reduce pain and speed recovery for individuals suffering from foot and ankle problems, including arch pain. If you’d like to learn more about the innovative and effective treatments we provide or how we can help you with your foot and ankle issues, please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.