Why Do You Get Arch Pain When Running?

Arch pain is a very common occurrence with runners.  Repetitive motions such as running can cause joints and tendons to work over-time causing an increased risk of several foot and ankle conditions. One of the most common causes for arch pain is Posterior Tibial Tendinitis.  The Posterior Tibial tendon (aka PT tendon) is the primary tendon that supports the arch and inverts the foot.  Because a runner is constantly stressing the arch with each step impacting the ground, the Posterior Tibial tendon is counter-acting the ground forces causing the tendon to over-work. Symptoms of Posterior Tibial tendintis can occur during or after your run.  Experiencing burning pain along the inside of the arch during your running or throbbing pain along the arch after your run are the most common symptoms of PT tendinitis.  Because the PT tendon crosses the ankle joint, you can even experience radiating pain from the arch extending across the ankle or leg. One of the most important pieces of advice I can give a runner experiencing Posterior Tibial tendinitis is…Don’t Ignore It!!!  If you are experiencing PT tendinitis, immediately rest, ice your arch and take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.  This will help alleviate the inflammation of the tendon, but treatment does not stop there! If you develop PT tendinitis consistently with your regular running regimen, then there are several things that need to be evaluated by your sports medicine podiatrist!  At Advanced Podiatry, we take time to evaluate your joint range of motion, walking pattern and what running shoes you wear.  Treatment options can range from changing what shoes your running in, performing posterior tibial strengthening exercises and even fabricating custom molded inserts to alleviated stress to your arch. So if you are experiencing burning or throbbing pain along your arch and think you may have Posterior Tibial tendinitis, then call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555 for an appointment today!