Arch Pain TreatmentIf you're suffering from chronic arch pain, you already know the difference between the occasional 'tired dogs' and persistent pain that has actually resulted in a decrease in the quality of your daily life. Standing in a line or on the job, walking around the block or running to play with your dog may have begun to feel like impossible obstacles rather than normal everyday activities. We've spoken with foot pain sufferers who confess that they almost couldn't make themselves get out of bed in the morning, knowing how badly their feet would begin to feel as soon as they hit the bedroom floor. Persistent arch pain is a hallmark symptom of the extremely common condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. Nobody wants to be tied down by aching feet, but the good news about this condition is that more than nine out of ten cases can be treated at home, via non-invasive methods. This article will bring you up-to-speed on your treatment options for arch pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis. If you're not sure if you've developed this condition, please read our article on Arch Pain and Plantar Fasciitis and then return to this page to discover how you can recover.
Six Smart Steps For Treating Arch Pain Resulting From Plantar Fasciitis
- Step 1: Acquaint yourself with the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis to see if they match with your experience. Read stories from our customers to see if you can relate to the types of pain they are describing. Take into consideration the possibility of heel spurs. Watch our short video for a visual lesson in the mechanics and outcomes of Plantar Fasciitis. If it all adds up to a good description of the arch pain you've been suffering from, there's a good chance that you've developed this ailment. If you're still not sure, make an appointment with a podiatrist to receive a firm diagnosis.
- Step 2: Inspect your footwear wardrobe. Ban any pair of shoes that cramps or slants your feet, or that doesn't offer a comfortable fit. Shoes that have worn down in the heel or sole should be set aside, too. Improper and worn footwear can actually cause Plantar Fasciitis.
- Step 3: Make simple lifestyle changes. The most important lifestyle change you can make to speed your recovery from arch pain is to commit yourself to putting your feet up for 20 minutes, twice a day. While you're resting your feet, ice them. Check out our handy cheat sheet of no or low-cost icing methods.
- Step 4: Make more significant lifestyle changes to aid recovery. Being overweight places undue strain on your arches. Consult with a doctor or nutritionist to create a safe, gradual weight loss plan if you need to lose weight to become healthier. On the flip side, if you engage in a strenuous exercise regimen on a daily or weekly basis, you may need to cut back or cut out high-impact exercise until you've recovered. Substitute yoga, tai chi or a similar low-impact discipline until you've fully recovered.
- Step 5: Master a set of simple foot stretches to improve the condition of your plantar fascia ligaments, arches, heels and leg muscles. Our free foot stretching videos make it easy to learn. Do your stretches every day.
- Step 6: Commit to daily wear of a Plantar Fasciitis-specific orthotic product in a properly fitting pair of shoes. We recommend HTP Full Length Heel Seats for arch pain sufferers. Unlike drugstore shoe inserts, these orthotics are the result of 30 years of Plantar Fasciitis research. They feature patented Fascia-Bar technology and make use of acupressure as a vehicle for stimulating your body's natural ability to heal itself. Our customer success rate is well above 90% and arch pain sufferers have told us we've changed their lives.
With a combination of education, decent footwear, rest, ice, lifestyle modifications and the right orthotic inserts, most people can expect fast initial relief from arch pain and eventual recovery from Plantar Fasciitis.
What If I Ignore The Symptoms Of Arch Pain?Please, don't do that! If your arch pain is the outward symptom of Plantar Fasciitis, ignoring it can actually put you at risk for greater debility down the road. If left untreated, your Plantar Fasciitis may change from being something you could have treated comfortably and inexpensively at home into something that may require surgery and weeks of recovery wearing a big, clunky boot. We don't want that to happen to you!
Here at Heel That Pain, we've devoted major resources to the development of a library of free foot health education. This is at your disposal, and designed to help you understand a symptom like arch pain early on so that you can take the necessary steps for a speedy recovery.