Arch pain is a common foot complaint that can typically be treated at an early stage. It is essential to note that pain in the arch can be felt either on its own, or along with pain in any other area of the foot.
Before investigating arch pain, it is helpful to know where the arch of your foot is located.
Your foot arch runs from the heel to the forefoot and should ideally be curved. Its primary function is to support the weight of your body during activities such as standing, walking, running or jumping.
You can experience pain in this region due to a number of factors; a few of which we will be looking into here. This might help you consider the right treatment for your condition.
Your flat feet could have been passed down from family, or caused as an effect of ageing, obesity, arthritis, pregnancy or diabetes.
Additionally, wearing uncomfortable shoes while standing long hours or performing activities that repeatedly stress the foot (such as long-distance running) can also contribute to the slow development of the condition.
With a high arch, it is possible to also feel pain in the ball of the foot because of the excess strain that is constantly placed on the forefoot, slowly producing pain and swelling in the area.
If a stress fracture happens in one of the bones near the heel bone, you may feel pain that radiates in the arch as you train. This pain could disappear upon resting for a while, only to return when you begin training.
Additionally, it would be a good idea to practice arch strengthening exercises such as towel scrunches. You can perform a towel scrunch by placing a towel under one foot and grabbing it by the toes until you reach the edge. This simple exercise can help reduce pain in your arches while building strength.
People often wonder if there’s a cure for flat feet. While it is tempting to seek out a permanent solution for the condition, it helps to know which treatment is the most effective in getting results.
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