Arch pain is a very common problem seen by Canadian Certified Pedorthists. Plantar fasciitis is a more common diagnosis, but there are lots of other structures under the arch that may be creating pain.
Symptoms of Arch Pain
Pain under the arch of the foot
There may be swelling present under the arch of the foot
The pain may be worse with the first few steps after rising in the morning or after sitting
Causes of Arch Pain
Poor foot mechanics
Sudden activity changes
Pedorthic Pointers for Patients
To prevent and alleviate arch pain, Canadian Certified Pedorthists recommend:
Avoid going barefoot or just wearing socks around the house, choose a slipper or sandal with some cushioning and arch support instead.
Warming your feet up before you get out of bed, or upon standing will help prepare the tissues for use. Simple circles of the ankle and pointing and flexing the feet can be helpful.
Carefully and slowly increasing activity to allow the tissues of the lower limbs time to properly adapt
Wearing stable and cushioned shoes with sturdy heel counters (the back of the shoe) to control motion and provide shock absorption
When injury does occur, consult a Canadian Certified Pedorthist to determine if an over-the-counter device or a custom-made foot orthotic, along with appropriate footwear, will help the healing process and prevent the recurrence of problems
To make an appointment with a Pedorthist to receive an examination and get fitted for a custom-made foot orthotic, click here to find a Pedorthist near you.