All too often we ignore our foot pain, wishing and hoping that it will just go away.
But foot pain is not normal and in many cases won’t be resolved without professional help. One of the most common types of foot discomfort is pain in the arch of the foot.
Your Foot’s Arch
Your foot actually has 3 arches. There are 2 longitudinal arches that run from the front of your foot to the back on each side, and 1 transverse arch running across the midfoot from the inside to the outside.
The arches are formed by ligaments, bones and tendons and are very important for weight bearing and propulsion in all types of movement. They bring needed stability as well as flexibility to your foot.
There are 3 arch types:
- High arches are also called pes cavus and is often hereditary. They don’t absorb shock as well as normal arches.
- Neutral or medium arches are usually biomechanically efficient.
- Low arches or flat feet result when the arches fail to form properly during childhood or when the arch collapses due to injury or other condition.
Causes of Arch Pain
Footwear – Shoes and sandals with little support or walking barefoot can put too much stress on your foot
Muscle and ligament strains – These types of injuries, such as someone stepping on your foot, can lead to incorrect biomechanics that cause arch pain.
Overuse – Straining the arches from excessive standing, running or jumping. Overuse injuries may result from exercising without proper warming up or by beginning a workout program too strenuously.
Plantar fasciitis – Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, can cause arch pain. Plantar fasciitis is caused by standing or walking on very hard surfaces, being overweight or wearing footwear without enough support.
Stress fracture – These tiny bone breaks caused by repetitive trauma or a single jolt can cause pain in the arches as well as other foot and ankle bones.
There are many other injuries and conditions that can cause arch pain. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM urges you to schedule a visit at our office if you have pain in the arch of your foot. Most problems associated with arch pain will not go away by themselves! It takes a professional evaluation, diagnosis and careful treatment to heal the underlying issues and relieve arch pain. Even something as simple as fitting you with custom orthotics can help redistribute pressure on your foot and ease the pain.
Let Us Help Relieve Your Arch Pain
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat all types of arch problems, including sports injuries. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Don’t live with arch pain – we can help – give us a call!