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25th November 2022

9 Causes of Pain in Arch of Foot

Dr. Jill Barat, PharmD
9 Causes of Pain in Arch of Foot

Everyone has sore feet every once in a while, but for some, the pain in their feet seems to always linger in the arch area.

For arch pain sufferers, there may be a few potential causes for those tender toes.

While most causes of foot arch pain can be handled at home with stretches, icing, rest, or proper shoe inserts, if your arch pain is severe, prolonged, or you have diabetes, it may be best to consult with a doctor.

 

1. Shoes without enough support

The arches of your feet go a long way to help handle the workload of walking, so if you don’t give them a break by wearing properly fitting and supporting shoes, they may give you some problems.

Find an athletic shoe that has visible arch support built into the inside cushioning, and ask an employee to help you find the correct size to avoid a too-tight or loose fit.

So, if you are one of the 24/7 flip-flop-wearing crowd, do your feet a favor and invest in some supportive sneaks.

 

2. Standing for long periods of time

If your job requires lots of standing on a very firm surface, your arches may be suffering because of it.

Try to incorporate more movement, sitting, or padded floor cushioning into your work environment to make your arches less sore at the end of the day.

And, of course, make sure the shoes you are wearing while standing are giving your arches proper support.

Those heels may make your calves look great, but they aren’t doing your arches any favors.

 

3. Lots of sports/athletics

Working out is great! But make sure to ramp up athletics slowly and take a break if your arches are in pain.

Too much stress and strain on the arches from lots of sports or exercise can take a toll on your arches.

So, if you just went from a 6-mile-per-week jogger to a 25-mile-per-week runner, your arches might have something to say about it.

Aim for more gradual increases in physical activity to help lessen any related foot pain issues.

 

4. Too much weight

Your feet have to handle all of your body weight with every step you take, so if you are above a healthy weight for your body structure, this can put extra stress and strain on your feet and arches.

If you are overweight and find that you have constant arch pain, look into starting up a diet and exercise routine that can help get you down to your ideal weight.

 

5. Improper walking gait

The arches of your feet play an important role in adjusting to changes in terrain, stabilizing your steps, and absorbing the shock of the foot impact on the ground.

So, if you have a strange walk that has your arches working overtime to balance, stabilize, and adjust your steps, you may find yourself experiencing arch pain.

If you have an unusual or unstable step due to a physical foot injury or deformity, look into getting orthopedic shoes or inserts to help take some work off of those arches.

 

6. Very low or high arches

Some people are born with very high or very low arches, and in either case, this can put extra strain and stress on your arches causing foot pain.

Luckily, for both cases, you should be able to find shoe inserts that can help provide arch support that reduces the pressure put on the foot.

 

7. Foot injury

If you have had a recent or improperly healed foot injury, this can wind up putting extra stress on your arches causing long-term foot pain.

Be sure to take care of foot injuries properly, and follow your doctor’s instructions on resting the injury and how long to stay off of the foot to avoid arch pain issues in the future.

 

8. Nerve problems

Sometimes, nerve pain issues in the foot can be located in the arch of the foot.

Many diabetics may have foot and leg nerve pain issues and this condition is called neuropathy.

Neuropathy can cause a painful, burning, tingling, or pins-and-needles sensation in the arch, foot, or leg area.

If you are diabetic and you have foot or leg problems, you need to speak to a podiatrist as you need to take extra care of your feet.

 

9. Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel of your foot, through the arch, and to the toes.

And when this band of tissue gets inflamed, often from athletics or overuse, you may be diagnosed with a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis pain may cause pain in the heel, ball of the foot, arch of the foot, or a combination of all three.


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