Arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an inflammation or a burning sensation at or under the arch of the foot. When an athlete has intense arch pain they usually have inflammation of the soft tissues within the midfoot.
Arch pain is a common foot concern among runners. The arch of the foot stretches from the base of your toes to your heel and plays an important role in running helping to…
● Absorb shock
● Bear weight
● Maintain balance
● Stabilize movement
● Adapt to changes in terrain
Causes of Arch Pain & Arch Strain
There are many different factors that can cause arch pain.
● A structural imbalance or an injury to the foot can often be the direct cause.
● Tight calf muscles combined with repeated arch collapse on weight bearing is the most common cause of arch pain.
● The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas.
● The pain is often extreme in the morning when an individual first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest.
If this condition is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop, known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens.
Treating & Preventing High Arch Pain & Arch Strain
This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated.
● Stretching the calf muscles regularly.
● Wearing well fitted comfortable running shoes.
● Using customised orthotic devices or running shoe inserts.
● Elevating the feet and applying ice.
● Taking over the counter anti inflammatory medications.
When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain.
This type of orthotic will control over pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief.
If the problem persists consult your doctor.