ARCH PAIN --- diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
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.
A Ball of Foot
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS?
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:
- Get your feet wet.
- Stand normally on a flat surface where you can see the imprint of your feet, such as a sidewalk or a newspaper.
- Step away from your imprints and look at the wet marks.
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.
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.
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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