Your arch has three segments, two that run along the length and one that runs across the width of your foot. With the many other ligaments, tendons, and muscles that interact with the arch, it’s generally only a matter of time before the average person experiences direct or radiating arch pain and discomfort. Talk to your foot doctor about custom made orthotic inserts to treat and prevent arch pain.
Some common causes of arch pain include the following:
- Poorly fitting shoes—Always wear properly fitted shoes with orthotic arch supports made explicitly for your foot type. To determine if you have pronation issues, the doctor will complete a computerized gait analysis and, if needed, will create custom-fitted orthotic inserts to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems.
- Plantar fasciitis— Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of arch pain. Patients with this condition will often feel considerable pain in the heel area as well. Properly formed and fitted orthotic inserts can help treat and prevent plantar fasciitis. Talk to your foot doctor.
- Being too heavy—Carrying a lot of extra pounds, increasing the pressure on your feet by a factor of four. Losing weight is a great way to take some of the stress off your poor feet!
Since arch pain can have many causes, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.