Ouch, you have pain in the arch of your foot. It’s unpleasant to walk, and even standing for a prolonged period of time can be uncomfortable.
Foot pain is not uncommon.
And pain can be felt in a variety of places:
Pain that is debilitating might require you to visit a podiatrist, but a lot of pains can be corrected at-home. Today we’re going to look at foot arch pain, why it happens and how to best treat it even if it happens only during long travels.
But what exactly is it and what is the main cause of Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain in a foot’s arch. When you’re suffering from this condition, it can impact your heel or arch of the foot. Oftentimes, both the heel and arch are impacted making it uncomfortable to walk around or stand.
A lot of treatments are available, but let’s first discuss what is causing your plantar fasciitis.
The condition impacts millions of people in the US each year, and it is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue in the foot. The tissue runs from the heel, which is why it causes heel pain, to the person’s toes.
If you’re suffering from this condition, it will often cause you to experience a stabbing pain during your first steps in the morning.
Symptoms will often worsen as the day goes on, and since the tissue is involved in supporting the foot’s arch, it will lead to arch pain. An easy way to alleviate the pain from your arch is with foot compression socks. I’ve been using Kompress Kinetic arch support socks, but there are many other types out there, it all depends on your needs. Tension and stress in this bowstring, which is meant to absorb shock, will cause the area to become irritated and inflamed.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis can vary, and the treatment required depends on the severity of the issue.
Some people will have mild discomfort while others will have severe pain. Medication and surgery may be needed in more serious cases. Otherwise, a person may be able to wear orthotics to correct plantar fasciitis.
Other forms of therapy that may be able to help correct plantar fasciitis include:
Injections or other forms of therapy may be able to help. There are lifestyle and home remedies that can be followed that may also help. Maintaining a healthy weight is key, as it is with almost all foot-related pain, and the shoes you wear must be supportive.
Apply ice to the area to alleviate some of the inflammation, and stretch the arches of the foot, the calf and the Achilles tendon to better help with the pain and discomfort.
Your foot’s arch is vital to your ability to walk. Your entire gait will change when you have flat feet or an arch that is too high or low. Some people are born with undeveloped arches, so it’s a condition that cannot be prevented in some individuals.
For others, the issue of fallen arches occurs when the person has been standing or walking for prolonged periods of time.
When the person has been on their feet for a long time, the arches of their feet may actually flatten out. Feet that flatten out will cause pain and discomfort, but there are ways to help correct flat feet:
Fallen arches are often easy to manage and won’t require drastic changes to correct. In the most severe of cases, surgery may be required, but this is only when fallen arches have led to a decline in a person’s quality of life.
For most people, inserts, rest or a change in shoes will be able to stop the pain caused by fallen arches.
A few of the reasons that the arch of your foot may be aggravated, include:
Pain in the arch of your foot can be caused by a variety of other issues, too. The following, while less common, may be causing your arch pain:
Foot arch pain is often able to be treated with rest, ice and moderate changes, such as an insert. If the pain persists, it’s worth consulting with a doctor to see what’s recommended to correct your arch pain.
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