How to Treat Painful Arches

Arch pain can occur slowly and intermittently, or the appearance may be more sudden. In either event, you need to determine the cause of the pain in order to treat the problem correctly. Due to the wide variety of conditions that can create arch pain you really need to see your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Some causes of arch pain include:

  • Lack of proper arch support
  • Muscle sprain
  • Ligament damage
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle stiffness

Once the cause of your arch pain has been determined your podiatrist can help you with a proper treatment plan.

Treatments for arch pain may include:

  • Proper shoes and ankle support—Appropriate footwear for the activity is essential and a computerized gait analysis at your podiatrist’s office will determine what shoes and custom orthotic inserts are best for you.
  • Reduce pain and swelling—Pain and swelling can be reduced by applying ice to the area several times a day for ten or fifteen minutes each time. OTC pain relievers will also help.
  • Physical therapy exercise—Increased blood circulation by massage and physical therapy can help speed the healing process and recovery period. Strength and flexibility exercises are also an excellent way to alleviate arch pain.

If efforts at home remedies for your arch pain are not providing relief, your podiatrist can provide the best care. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists diagnoses and treats a variety of foot and ankle problems. Sports injuries,arthritis, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems are all common conditions that are treated in our patients. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide expert foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at Ardmore, Paoli, Downingtown and Woodlyn PA offices. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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