Foot Arch Pain

Foot arch pain in simplistic terms can be described as the inflammation, pain or burning sensation in the arch of the foot. Usually the patient complains of inflammation somewhere in the middle of the foot. The arch of the foot is very important as it has a tissue known as the plantar fascia that connects the bone of the heel to the toes of our feet. This tissue is extremely important for transfer of weight from the toes to the heel and vice-versa. When the arch becomes inflamed even the most basic movements of our feet become difficult and each and every step becomes painful. In many cases arch pain is caused by plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common source of foot arch pain. It usually stems from inflammation of the plantar fascia. Foot arch pain can be initiated if a person stands for too long, if he walks for a long distance, or suddenly starts walking after a long period of rest. It is believed that large and obese people are more likely to develop foot arch pain and plantar fasciitis because of the extra strain on the feet. Athletes are also typical victims of this condition. This type of injury is common among weight lifters and basketball players again due to the large amount of stress placed on the feet. Precautions to avoid foot arch injuries include wearing proper shoes and not over straining your feet and legs.

Arch pain occurs in the morning when the plantar fascia contracts as a person sleeps through the night without moving the feet for a long period of time. When the person gets out of bed and starts walking without trying to stretch the foot first, he can experience sharp pain in the heel and arch. The tissue is still contracted and sudden movements make the matters worst. Hence it is recommended that the patient should move his feet around first and then make an attempt to walk. There are a number of simple exercises that physicians recommend which are really very effective in curing the condition.

Treating arch pain is very simple. It is very similar to the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Firstly women should avoid high heels. If they absolutely have to wear them they should wear them for only short intervals. They should try and stick to flat heels or 2 inch heels shoes. Too much walking in heels can create a lot of foot issues in the future.  Orthotics should be inserted in the shoes in order to provide good support and to improve the posture. It is also a very good idea to use gel heel cups which will give a cushioning effect. One should always invest in good quality shoes in order to take care of the feet. Using heel wedges is also another thing that you can try out. Medication is also available to ease foot arch pain, but should not be taken for long periods of time unless under the supervision of a physician. So these are the few things that you must do in order to avoid pain and live a happy pain free life.

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