Arch pain can be frustrating, debilitating, and can impair your ability to work or enjoy the activities you love. We can help you overcome your pain by explaining factors that have contributed to your symptoms and by creating a treatment plan that both addresses your current symptoms and reduces the likelihood of the pain coming back in the future.
What Causes Pain In The Arch Of Your Foot?
Pain in the arch of the foot can be experienced by people of any age and activity level, though it tends to be even more prevalent in women with flatter feet. As the feet are complex structures with many muscles, tissues, ligaments and bones, identifying the cause of arch pain can often be difficult.
At My FootDr, arch and heel pain comprises a large portion of the patients we see and treat. Factors that contribute to arch pain may include:
- A flat (pronated) foot type
- Hammertoes or claw toes
- Plantar plate injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Injury to the posterior tibial tendon
Arch Pain Symptoms
Aside from pain and tenderness through the arch, you may experience mild swelling, heat and pain that is exacerbated by walking and relieved with rest. These symptoms, however, are very much dependent on the factors that are contributing to your arch pain and your diagnosis.
How Is Arch Pain Treated?
Treating pain in the arch of the foot starts with identifying factors that may be associated with your symptoms:
- Have you recently changed your activity levels?
- Have you increased the distance you’re running or your training intensity?
- Has your footwear worn down over time and is no longer providing you with the support you need?
- Has there been any trauma to the heel or arch?
- Are your foot biomechanics placing excess strain on a muscle, tissue or ligament in your arch?
- Is there something else going on that should be investigated further?
There are plenty of questions we will investigate to get to the root of your arch pain problem. Often, an injury has many contributing factors and identifying these is important in preventing it from happening again.
We’ll conduct a comprehensive assessment to understand the movement, strength and function of your foot and lower limbs, as well as analysing your gait.
From here, your podiatrist will create a unique treatment plan to address and help relieve your current arch pain symptoms. The goal is always to both give you relief from any pain and discomfort, create optimal conditions for the tissues to recover, and then teach you how to put the right measures in place to reduce the likelihood of your arch pain recurring.
Depending on the cause, your arch pain treatment may involve:
- Footwear modifications
- Splints, braces or other devices
- A stretching and strengthening programme
- Gait retraining
- Shockwave treatment
Arch Pain FAQs
What causes pain in arch of foot?
Identifying the cause of arch pain without seeing a podiatrist can be difficult. However, factors that contribute to arch pain may include: a flat foot type, bunions, hammertoes/claw toes, plantar plate injuries or an injury to the posterior tibial tendon. Other factors could include weight gain, aging, overuse or physical stress. Plantar fasciitis if often cited as the main cause of arch pain.
How to help pain in the arch of the foot
As arch pain can be caused by a variety of factors, working with your doctor to find a treatment that best address the pain is important. Your doctor may recommend footwear modification, strapping, using a split or brace, a strengthening programme, gait retraining, orthotics or shockwave treatment.
What does pain in the arch of foot mean?
Experiencing arch pain can mean that the muscle, bones, ligaments or tendons the form the arch of the foot is injured. This will affect the way your arch absorbs shock, bears weight, creates balance and stabilises your movement. If pain persists, it is important you see a My FootDr Podiatrist to assess the underlying reason for this pain and seek treatment.
Can lower back problems cause pain in the arch of foot?
Lower back problems can cause pain in the arch of the foot; however, it is very rare to experience foot pain without experiencing leg pain as well. Arch pain (and leg pain) associated with back problems is often caused by a nerve root that is irritated or compressed in the lower back. It is important to speak with your podiatrist to identify the root cause of arch pain.