Pain in the arch of the foot is an incredibly common symptom. During our lives, many of us will suffer from arch pain, or similar foot and ankle pain. Sometimes, arch pain can be caused by something as simple as heavy exercise. If the pain in your foot lessens after a few weeks you’re likely in the clear.
However, if your arch pain has persisted for a while, you might have an underlying condition that requires treatment. In this post on orthoflexx.com, we’re going to explore some of the possible causes of pain in the arch of the foot. Then, we’ll take a look at some tried and tested treatment methods, such as arch support insoles, to get back your confidence in your arches.
What Causes Pain in the Arch of the Foot?
There is a range of issues that can lead to pain in the arch of the foot. Some of these conditions are not painful until you have been living with them for a while. However, once the arch pain starts to flare up, it can become debilitating quite quickly. Below are some of the most common causes of pain in the arch of the foot…
High Arches - Also known as Cavus foot, high arches are usually genetic, but they can develop later in life. This skeletal deformity can make walking for long periods very painful. If you have high arches, your foot pain will be focused around the front of your arch and the ball of your foot. High arches can lead to a range of other conditions, such as metatarsalgia, and hammertoes. If left untreated, high arches can lead to ankle instability and even fractures.
Flat Feet - This is another common genetic condition, that can also come on during adulthood as a result of your lifestyle. Flat foot is a medical term that refers to a lowered arch on the bottom of the foot, causing more of your foot to impact the ground when you’re walking or exercising. This can cause serious pain where the arch of the foot should be, especially after activity. Flat feet are usually irreversible, and treatment focuses on alleviating any pain associated with the condition. For more information on flat feet, we have a full guide to causes and treatments here.
Plantar Fasciitis - Your plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes. Straining this vital ligament can easily lead to pain in your arch. This pain will usually be focused toward the back of your foot, and will likely also affect your heel. Plantar fasciitis is caused by a range of factors, such as age, weight, and the intensity of your exercise. Plantar fasciitis can cause a lot of pain if left untreated, and your symptoms will usually get worse during the night, and in the early morning. For more information on plantar fascitis, read our full guide here.
Posterior Tibial Tendonitis - Similarly to the way plantar fasciitis is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, posterior tibial tendonitis is brought on by inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon. This important tendon begins in your calf and runs through your ankle to the inside of your foot. If it’s strained during exercise or increased activity, it can affect your ability to support your arch, leading to pain along the inside of your feet. If left untreated, this condition can lead to flat feet.
These are only a few of the possible causes of pain in the arch of the foot. A medical diagnosis will give you more clarity as to what the cause of your arch pain is.
What Are the Other Symptoms of Foot Arch Problems?
Pain in your arch is just one indicator that something might be wrong with your feet. You’ll likely also have some other symptoms. These will give you a better idea of what problem you’re suffering from, and how you can deal with it.
When it comes to high arches and flat feet, there is a test you can do at home to determine whether you might be a sufferer. You will need a way to make a print of the bottom of your foot - the most common is by wetting your feet, and stepping on concrete so your footprint is visible. If you have flat feet, your whole foot or the majority of your foot will be visible in the print, whereas if you have high arches, only the balls of your feet and your heel will be visible.
When Should You See a Doctor For Pain in Your Arch?
It is more than possible to treat the conditions that cause pain in the arch of the foot at home. However, to get a definite diagnosis for these conditions, it’s best to see a podiatrist or other medical professional. It’s always good practice to take note of your arch pain; when it flares up, how long it lasts, and when it goes away. This way your doctor will be able to make a better judgement as to which condition is causing you arch pain. You should always see a doctor if:
• You can no longer complete necessary everyday activities without feeling in pain
• Foot pain is steadily increasing, or persistently returns after short periods of relief
• You have attempted at-home treatment and the pain is still present after 3 weeks
• You have a tingling sensation in your foot, or have lost feeling in any part of your feet, ankles, or legs
• You already have a condition that affects foot health and can worsen issues, such as diabetes
How Can You Treat Pain in the Arch of the Foot From Home?
You’ll rarely need to undergo any invasive treatments to solve your arch pain. Your podiatrist will likely recommend a range of treatments that you can implement in your everyday life, that will work to relieve your symptoms. One such option is orthotics.
Heel wedges, compression socks, and bunion correctors are all examples of orthotics that assist with foot issues. When it comes to arch pain, however, arch support insoles are the best option for at-home treatment.
The best insoles for pain in the arch of the foot will be firm and moulded to your arch. This helps to cushion the impact when walking or running, and makes sure that the bones and muscles of your feet are aligned properly during these activities. By taking the strain off important tendons and ligaments, your arch pain should begin to subside in only a few days.
Why Choose OrthoFlexx Orthotics for your Foot Pain?
OrthoFlexx focuses on affordability and longevity when it comes to our podiatrist-approved, arch support insoles. Available in a range of sizes, and with the ability to be customised to your feet, our orthotic insoles focus on relieving pain, and helping you take back control of your life. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, high arches, flat feet, or other arch conditions, our orthotic insoles are designed for you.
With four layers of specialist material and a cushioned heel pad, they work to provide consistent arch support and correct any over-pronation. Designed for long-term wear, the breathable insoles from OrthoFlexx are perfect for those who spend long periods on their feet, or love to partake in regular exercise.
You can check out our arch support insoles and start your journey to a pain-free life. Or, if you have any questions, our expert team are always available to help you with any enquiries or make recommendations as to the best orthotics for you. You can fill out the contact form on our site, or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll always receive a reply within 24 hours.