Arch Pain TreatmentTreatment for arch pain is dependent on the cause. There are many causes of arch pain, such as inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, flat feet, structural imbalance or a trauma injury to the foot are some of the most common causes.
Arch pain is usually described as a burning sensation at the center of the arch, along with an intermittent sharp pain. Arch pain is the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, with possible tears and strain. This is known as plantar fasciitis, which can be felt in two places, at the base of the heel, where the ligament connects to the bone, or in the arch of the foot. The most common cause of both arch pain and heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Flat feet can be a cause of plantar fasciitis.
If you suffer from arch pain, avoiding high heeled shoes whenever possible is important. People who suffer from plantar fasciitis with heel pain are recommended to wear slightly heeled shoes, but if you have plantar fasciitis and have arch pain, avoiding heeled shoes is best.
There are specially designed inserts for arch pain, depending on the level of arch support needed. Arch support insoles come in full length and 3/4 length, with different levels of arch support. If you have high arches and suffer from arch pain, custom orthotics might be needed since most store bought arch inserts do not accommodate unusually high arches. If you suffer from arch pain and have normal to flat arches, store bought arch supports almost always provide the needed support to relieve pain.
Flat feet often times need custom orthotics as well. Flat feet can cause more than arch pain, with flat feet causing the foot to overpronate and roll inward towards the ankles. This can cause the body to become unbalanced causing ankle, leg, hip and spinal problems.
The best way to treat arch pain, as any other type of foot pain, is prevention. Proper footwear, stretching and strengthening exercises are the best ways to prevent foot pain. If you do start to feel arch pain, the best thing to do is treat it as soon as you feel pain. The RICE method, rest, ice, compression, and elevation, is the most common way to treat arch pain at home.
- Resting the area will allow the tissues to heal and prevent any further stress on the arch.
- Ice should be applied as soon as possible after activity to limit swelling.
- Compression will prevent swelling and keep the area stabilized.
- Elevation will further limit swelling.
Over the counter pain anti-inflammatory medications will help with swelling and the pain associated with the arch. Acetaminophen will help with the pain and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen will help with the pain and swelling.
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