What to Do About That Nagging Pain in the Arch of Your Foot

What to Do About That Nagging Pain in the Arch of Your Foot

More than anything else-fifteen times a day-athletes walk along the lines into his office complaining of arch and heel pain.

What causes arch pain?

Arch pain in some cases indicates a plantar fasciitis.

Like many other foot problems, plantar fasciitis and other types of arch pain may come from two primary sources, says Maggie Fournier, D.P.M., a sports podiatrist from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and former president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine: intrinsic factors related to your individual anatomy and physiology, and extrinsic factors that come from outside your body-thinking.

High arches can cause pain on the intrinsic side, if you don't have the right footwear to support them.

By contrast, low arches or flat feet can also contribute, particularly in the wrong shoe, says Judith Sperling, D.P.M., a podiatrist at Twin Cities Foot & Ankle Clinic in Woodbury, Minnesota, who has worked as part of the New York City, Boston, L.A., and Twin Cities Marathons medical teams.

As your arch caves in, your posterior tibial tendon—which binds the calf to the inside of the overtime footwork to support it, and can eventually become tired and painful.

Arch pain, she says, can also be the result of osteoarthritis in the joints across the foot.

External causes for arch pain include ramping up your workout too fast.

Also Fournier sees arch pain in runners hanging well past their expiry date on their running shoes.

How can you manage your own arch pain-and when should you see a doctor?

Conenello believes that runners can address arch pain at home more than three fourths of the time.

Over-the-counter arch supports can give a bit of support and respite to your plantar fascia until you're painless.

If your arch pain doesn't decrease with time and home treatment, if it changes your gait, or if you see external signs like swelling, redness or bruising, it's a good idea to stop running and book a doctor's visit, says Fournier.

What are the best Arch Pain treatments?

If treatments such as ice, rest, and massage fail to provide relief, your doctor may be offering other options depending on your diagnosis and factors that contribute.

Many arch pain types – from plantar fasciitis to posterior tibial tendinitis to osteoarthritis – respond well to a newer treatment called extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or say ESWT, Conenello and Sperling.

How can you avoid arch pain?

"As far as prevention is concerned, I think the number one shoe is that," says Sperling.

Minimalist shoes can ease some people's arch pain by activating foot muscles.

Read the original article "What to do about the pain in Your Foot's Arch" at https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/a29774664/pain-in-arch-of-foot/

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