Arch pain can be the result of one or a combination of conditions that develop in the sole of the foot and it can be incredibly painful if left untreated. Discover what causes arch pain and the specialist treatments available from Simply Feet.
What is Arch Pain?
Arch pain is a common foot condition that causes pain in the arch of the foot. The arch of the foot is the area between the ball of the foot and the heel. When this tissue becomes inflamed or strained, arch pain is felt along the bottom and inside of your feet.
What Causes Arch Pain?
Arch pain can be caused by a number of different factors including pronation, tight muscles, high arches, footwear or over use.
- Pronation: Our feet are not meant to walk on hard surfaces, but rather soft and natural ground such as soil. As a result, our feet can experience pronation (rolling inwards) which causes pain.
- Tight muscles: Tight muscles in the feet, ankles, and legs can cause arch pain.
- High arches: People with high arches may experience arch pain because their feet do not absorb shock as efficiently as those with normal or low arches.
- Footwear: A common cause of arch pain is from footwear not giving enough support for the arches of your feet. Whilst incorrect fastening can also lead to discomfort due to overuse of muscles to keep the foot in place. Therefore, laces, zips, buckles or Velcro are the best fastening options.
- Other conditions that can cause pain are Plantar fasciitis, Flat Feet (fallen arches), obesity, and arthritis.
Arch Pain Treatment
To treat arch pain, avoid high heels and wear cushioned footwear, such as trainers. Foot arch orthotics can also be worn, as these realign your feet and evenly disperse pressure.
Our brands such as Vionic and Strive have arch support footwear to support and cushion your feet. Foot arch orthotics can also be worn to help ease pain, as these realign your feet and evenly disperse pressure along the foot.
If you are experiencing arch pain and unsure of the cause, seek professional help for treatment.