Arch pain

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.

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Michelle Gibson
MSc, BSc, PGCE, MRCoP, Podiatrist
Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the NHS, private practice, and the commercial sector and is driven by her profound passion for podiatry and the wellbeing of our customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Arch Pain Go Away On Its Own?

It is possible for arch pain to go away on its own, especially if it is caused by a minor issue such as overuse or strain. However, if the pain persists or is severe, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the cause and receive proper treatment. Ignoring arch pain can lead to more serious issues and may make it more difficult to treat in the long run.

Can Arch Pain Be Treated At Home?

Yes, arch pain can be treated at home with self-care measures such as:

  • Resting and avoiding activities that cause pain

  • Applying ice to the affected area to reduce swelling and inflammation

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to improve foot and ankle flexibility and strength

  • Wearing proper footwear with adequate arch support

  • Using over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort

  • Using arch supports or inserts to provide additional support and relief

If the pain persists or worsens despite self-care measures, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation and treatment.

Is Arch Pain Plantar Fasciitis?

Yes, arch pain can be a symptom of plantar fasciitis, which is a common foot condition that causes pain in the bottom of the foot, specifically in the arch area. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes and helps support the arch of the foot. This condition can be caused by overuse, tight muscles, flat feet, or high arches. It is usually treated with rest, stretching exercises, ice, and supportive shoes.

Footwear brands with built in Arch Support for relief from Arch Pain