Understanding Foot Pain: Arch Pain (a.k.a. Plantar Fasciitis)
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The Plantar Fascia plays an important role in proper foot mechanics and transfer of weight from the heel to the toes. When inflamed, even simple movements can be quite painful...
Arch Pain (a.k.a. Plantar Fasciitis)
Foot arch pain is a common type of foot pain. Its symptoms include pain when getting up in the morning, and pain during long walks or long periods of standing. Arch pain in the morning is due to the ligaments under the foot known as the Plantar Fascia becoming contracted and tight as you sleep through the night. When getting up and walking in the morning, the fascia is still tight and prone to irritation when stretched. When walking or standing for long periods, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful.
What causes Arch Pain?
The most common cause of arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is Latin for inflammation of the Plantar Fascia – the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Someone with arch pain usually has inflammation of the tissues within the mid-foot. The arch of the foot is formed by the Plantar Fascia, which tightens and relaxes during the different phases of gait. The Plantar Fascia plays an important role in proper foot mechanics and transfer of weight from the heel to the toes. When inflamed, even simple movements can be quite painful.
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to inflammation, irritation, pain, and swelling. Arch pain is more likely to happen when:
- Your feet roll inward too much (over-pronation)
- You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
- You are overweight
- You have tight Achilles tendons and/or calf muscles
Treatment solutions for Arch Pain
Medical studies on foot pain found that a combination of stretching exercises and wearing orthotic shoe inserts is the most effective way of dealing with arch pain (a.k.a. Plantar Fasciitis). This treatment regime is also very effective for the treatment of heel pain.
The realignment of the feet and ankles also helps to improve your body posture and can assist with the treatment of knee and lower back pain.
Simply Feet’s Custom Made Orthotics help prevent over-pronation by reducing the strain on the Arch while resting the tendons and providing them with an opportunity to heal. Additionally, the orthotic device prevents this condition from worsening, thereby reducing the risk of a tendon rupture.
Treatment and Relief from Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, heel spurs and arch pain can be treated with simple, non-surgical methods. The most common pain relief solutions are:
- Rest – avoid prolonged activity, such as walking, running & sports
- Ice – apply ice for only 5 mins, allowing the foot inflammation to cool down
- Weight loss – A safe weight loss program can remedy many of our ailments today
- Stretching exercises
- Orthotic Shoe Inserts*
*The most effective solution for Plantar Fasciitis is to treat the cause of the problem by correcting abnormal foot mechanics with orthotic shoe inserts. Shoe inserts help release the tension on the Plantar Fascia thereby treating the cause, and not merely the symptoms, of Plantar Fasciitis.