What Are The Causes and Symptoms of Arch Pain ?

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How Can I Know That I Have  Arch Pain ?

How Serious Is The Problem Of Arch Pain ?

What Is The Cure Of Arch Pain ?

How Can I Prevent Arch Pain ?

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asked Sep 8 by Ramesh Srivastva
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How Serious Is The Problem Of Arch Pain ?
Photo of a woman sitting down holding her ankle in pain from her arches

Do not let arch pain go without treatment. Because your arch supports the weight of your entire body, arch pain tends to affect other areas of your feet, ankles, knees, legs, and back. Arch pain is a progressive condition that may contribute to more serious foot ailments such as:

Plantar fasciitis, Flat feet, Lower Back and hip pain,  Knee pain,  Achilles tendonitis, Stress fractures,  Hammertoes,  Heel pain, Bunions, Contracted toes, Foot and leg aches,  Loss of the protective padding on the bottom of your foot., Ball of foot pain 

 HOW DO I TREAT AND PREVENT ARCH PAIN?

The following remedies may alleviate arch pain and help prevent additional foot and lower body health problems.

  • Orthotics or shoe inserts. These will help support your arch, stabilize your heel, and ease some of the stress on your posterior tibialis tendon.
  • Arch supports. Specialized arch supports help relieve some of your arch pain and discomfort. Make sure you know your arch type (low, medium, or high) since the shape and height of your arch support should match your arch type and height.
  • Strengthen your muscles. Work on strengthening your tibialis posterior muscle and stretching your Achilles tendon. These two muscles are instrumental in affecting your arch pain and any pronation you might experience.
  • Wear comfortable and supportive shoes with insoles that fully support the arch. Depending on your lifestyle, your shoes and insoles need to support both your everyday activities (like work) and more intense activities (such as running, jogging, or sports).
  • Wear night splints. Night splints help alleviate pressure on your arches by keeping your muscles properly positioned and strengthened while you sleep.
  • Use cold therapy. Massagers, wraps, and other forms of cold therapy help alleviate arch pain and discomfort.

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answered Sep 8 by Toe Tech
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ARCH PAIN --- diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Women standing on toes

How Can I Know That I Have Arch Pain ?

take a closer look at where you feel pain in your foot.  Arch pain can also affect other areas of your foot.

Ball of Foot

Heel 

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS?

Drawn diagram of foot describing the causes and symptoms of foot pain

Your arch is comprised of your tarsal and metatarsal bones, along with supporting ligaments and tendons. Touch the top of any one of your toes and trace the bone down to the center of your foot. Your fingers will eventually trace a bone called your metatarsal. Attached to your toe bones, these five metatarsal bones help you stand, walk, and run by distributing your weight evenly to keep you balanced. Connected to your metatarsals, near the back of your foot, are seven tarsal bones. Together, your tarsals and metatarsals form your arch.Your arch runs the length of your foot, including the inside of your foot, giving it a distinctive contoured shape.

Your arches help you:

  • Absorb stress.
  • Stabilize your body for standing, walking, and running.
  • Help you adapt to uneven or sloping surfaces. 

An important structure connected to your arch is your posterior tibialis tendon. This muscle originates behind your shin bone, runs inside your ankle, and attaches to several of your tarsal bones within your arch. This tendon is responsible for maintaining a healthy, supportive arch during your everyday activities.

When any of these arch-related bones, ligaments, and tendons are weakened or injured from overuse, excessive activity, or wear and tear from aging, then you may start experiencing arch pain. Consult further from an expert Injury Clinic to learn how to better diagnose your arch pain.

 YOU FEEL YOU MIGHT HAVE Arch Pain Then Take This Self-Assessment  

To figure out if you have arch pain, Do this simple test on yourself:

  1. Get your feet wet.
  2. Stand normally on a flat surface where you can see the imprint of your feet, such as a sidewalk or a newspaper.
  3. Step away from your imprints and look at the wet marks. 

Footprint showing what it looks like to have a low arch and the pain associated with it

You have a low arch if your imprint shows almost the entire bottom of your feet. A low arch accompanied by arch pain may be indicative of more progressive conditions such as excessive  pronation, flat feet, and plantar fasciits.

Footprint showing what it looks like to have a normal arch and the pain associated with it

If you have a normal arch, you will see an imprint with the inside curve of your foot missing. Even if your arch is normal, you still may experience arch pain.

Footprint showing what it looks like to have a high arch and the pain associated with it

You have a high arch if you cannot see anything but your heel and the top of your foot near your toes. This means your arch pain is likely caused by your weight concentrated too much in the ball and heel of your foot. That improper weight distribution leads to poor shock absorption and significant arch pain.

In addition to identifying how your arch type may affect your arch pain, also ask yourself:

  • Do I feel pain behind or on the inside of my ankle bone?
  • Does this pain get worse during walking, running, or standing?

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