Arch Pain of the Foot

arch painDid you know that it is not normal to have foot or arch pain?

This is true regardless of your age or activity level!

Many people suffer from arch pain. The main foot arch or medial arch is located on the inside of the foot on the big toe side. The arch begins from just behind the large toe joint and extends to middle portion of the foot and includes the heel bone. The heel bone or calcaneus also does help form the arch as it elevates and attaches to the bones in the middle of the foot. The foot arch is supported by bones, joints, muscles and tendons. The arch is a dynamic part of the foot that allows for stability on all types of surfaces and helps with shock absorption while walking and doing activities. This allows for the most efficient use of energy while doing activities. A secondary arch, known as the lateral arch, is located on the little toe side of the foot. This arch serves a similar purpose to the medial arch but is less prominent. Most issues result from abnormality of your foot structure leading to pain, strain and instability of the medial arch.

So, in the real world most people do not have an ideal arch and therefore have arch pain. It may be lower or higher than the perfect arch and this can lead to foot instability and pain. Many shoes try to address the various foot types; however, all shoes are generic and made for the masses. When you are having pain even with new shoes, it is time to see a podiatrist for a thorough exam that includes an understanding of your foot structure and function. There is no specialist better trained to understand your foot problems and get you back to your activities while avoiding pain and injury.

Foot and Arch pain can result from instability of the foot structure. In some cases, this may be caused by a weakened tendon known as the posterior tibial tendon. This tendon comes from behind the ankle and attaches into your arch. With tendon weakness, your arch can fall and become unstable leading to pain and problems doing activities. In more serious cases, the tendon may tear partially or fully leading to significant and often sudden arch collapse. Treatments for arch pain may include orthotic arch supports, anti-inflammatory medications, healing boots and rest. When conservative treatment fails, alternative treatments are available. At Advanced Podiatry, we can help naturally repair and rebuild your weakened or torn ligaments and tendons with prolotherapy. In some cases surgery may be your best option but we only do surgery as a last option.

So what about arch supports orthotics and insoles? There are many products on the market, on the internet and at various stores and specialty foot and shoe stores. This is a big industry trying to get your business. However, the danger in taking this path is that you are not be treated by a physician trained in the foot and ankle. Without proper diagnosis and treatment you are the one who loses. Lack of proper diagnosis and treatment can often result in prolonged pain and non-healing. In addition, serious deformities and injuries are often missed and written off as a sprain or fasciitis. Do what is best for you. See a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you suffer arch pain, heel pain or foot pain, call Advanced Podiatry today for an immediate appointment. We will do a thorough exam and provide you with treatment options. In addition we will do a thorough exam and provide you with treatment options. In addition we will listen to you and answer all of your questions. You will be fully informed and have a clear understanding of your condition.

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