Arch Pain: Primary Causes and Best Remedies
Arch pain is one of the most common pain of the foot. This pain is defined by inflammation and burning in the arch of the foot. The arch extends the whole length of your foot and which gives it that characteristic shape.
Sometimes arch pain is a symptom of a more specific foot ailment. Read the following articles to see if any of these ailments are the culprit behind your arch pain.
If none of these foot conditions seem to apply, you may have a condition called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). When this tendon is weakened or overworked, it creates a type of arch pain that stresses your plantar fascia (the band of connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of your foot), causes gradual fatigue of your arch, and decreases the amount of support your arch gets from the posterior tibialis tendon
What Causes Arch Pain?
- Arch sprains and fractures. Sprains and fractures often result from excessive stress to the foot either through strenuous exercise, impact, or flexing the foot. There will be pain when pressure is applied along the midfoot area. Your doctor may do a variety of flexing and stress evaluations along with x-ray to determine the extent of the injury.
- Plantar fasciitis. This is the most common cause of pain in the arch of the foot. It is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, a ligament that connects your heel to your toes. The ligament is not meant to stretch and when it does it can cause considerable pain and burning. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include increased pain when you wake up in morning or after any extended rest. If left untreated this condition can lead to bone spurs.
- Simply put if you run or walk extensively during your day this could lead to excessive wear and tear on your arches, tendons, and ligaments.
- Muscle Strains. The muscles that support your arch and foot can get strained like any other muscle in your body. This often ties into overuse and strenuous activities.
- Inflammation from arthritis can cause burning, swelling and pain just about all your joints. Your feet are no exception.
Besides the fact that these conditions are uncomfortable and impact your activities, it is also important to treat arch pain as it can lead to other conditions if ignored.
Treatments For Pain In Arch of The Foot
- Cold Therapy. Wraps, compresses or even a plastic bag of ice wrapped in cloth can help relieve the pain and swelling. This is important to do when you first notice discomfort and is easily done from you own home.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes. Avoid high heels. Wear shoes that support your arch and are good for the activity that you will be doing such as running, walking and so on. This can also reduce pain in the arch of the foot and other common foot aches.
- Arch Supports. Specialized arch supports.
- Night Splints. You can wear these supports at night to alleviate some of the stress and pressure that your heels and arches are under by keeping everything properly aligned while you sleep.
- Proper Exercise. Strengthening your muscles is important for your overall bone health because your muscles keep everything aligned. If you want to work specifically on the muscles that will help your arches then target your central leg muscle and the Achilles tendon.
Avoid Excessive Overuse. While you heal it is important to know your limits. If the pain persists, your doctor may direct you to do physical therapy which will help you through manual manipulation and directed exercises to strengthen your muscles.
While most of these treatments can be done at home, if the pain persists, there is excessive bruising or you cannot bear any weight on the foot then you should seek medical attention.
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