Arch Pain

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Pain in the Morning?

The medical term for pain in the arch area (under the foot) is called Plantar Fasciitis, Latin for inflammation of the plantar fascia, the broad fibrous ligament that runs from the heel to the toes.

Arch pain is a very common foot problem and is often experienced when taking your first steps after getting out of bed in the morning, after long walks or prolonged periods of standing.

Arch pain occurring first in the morning is due to the fact that ligaments under the foot (Plantar Fascia) become tight and contracted during the night. After getting up in the morning with your first steps the fascia are still tight and prone to irritation when stretched. When walking or standing for long periods, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful.


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What Causes Arch Pain?

The arch of the foot is formed by the Plantar Fascia, which plays an important role in proper foot function, transferring weight from the heel to the toes.  The Plantar Fascia tighten and relax during the different phases of gait, and if the fascia are inflamed, simple movements can be quite painful.  A person with arch pain usually suffers from inflammation of the tissues in the midfoot area. 

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by over-stretching and pulling of the plantar fascia. Repeated strain causes small tears in the ligament. This can then lead to inflammation, irritation, pain and swelling. Arch pain is most 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 or tight calf muscles


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Treatment For Arch Pain

Various medical studies have proven that the most effective way of dealing with arch pain is a combination of stretching exercises and wearing an orthotic shoe insert. The same treatment regime is also very effective for the treatment of heel pain and heel spurs.

FootActive podiatry-developed orthotic insoles help prevent over-pronation and support your arches. They release the tension on the Plantar Fascia, thereby treating the cause of arch pain.

FootActive Insoles are a simple, easy, low-cost solution to arch pain. The unique combination of support and cushioning often provides instant relief to arch pain.

Stretching exercises for the plantar fascia, achilles tendons, calf muscles creates more muscle length/flexibility and reduces excess strain on the plantar fascia. The hamstrings, calf muscles, achilles tendons and plantar fascia all work together during gait and tightness in one area can cause problems elsewhere!

Arch Pain FAQs

What causes pain in arch of the foot?

Arch pain can be caused by injuries, repeated stress and structural issues in your foot. It may also be caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Is arch pain the same as plantar fasciitis?

Though plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of arch pain, it is not the only one. Arch pain can be caused by many other things, unrelated to plantar.

Where do you feel pain if you have plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis usually causes pain in the heel and arch of your foot. Its pain may feel like an ache, although you may have bruised this area.

What can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis?

Overpronation, cavus foot and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (also known as adult-acquired flatfoot) are conditions that at first may seem the same as plantar fasciitis. All require supportive treatments, but these will differ depending on your diagnosis. If you’re unsure what is causing pain in the arch of your foot, it is a good idea to consult your GP.

How do you stretch the arch of your foot?

Stretching can provide meaningful relief for heel and arch pain.

Try crossing one leg over the other, so you can reach your toes easily. Hold your big toe, and gently pull it towards you for 15-30 seconds. Repeat, and then continue with your other foot.

Alternatively, for a treatment that gives a little extra, try our Moji foot massager, ideal for those who struggle to reach their toes!

How do you treat pain in the arch of the foot?

Rest, ice, pain relief and stretching can all be great ways to provide heel and arch pain relief. However, for long-term support, high-quality insoles for arch pain can help correct structural issues like over-pronation.

As arch pain can also be caused by repeated stress, which includes running, walking, standing for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces, our orthotics for arch pain can help absorb the impact of these stresses, reducing the pressure on your feet.

When should you see a doctor for arch pain?

You can usually treat arch pain from home, however, if your arch pain worsens or persists, you should see your GP.

Always see your GP if your pain prevents you from carrying out normal activities, or if you are a diabetic.

How can you prevent arch pain?

The key to preventing arch pain is ensuring your feet are supported properly. The best orthotics for arch pain provide the support and cushioning necessary to help prevent conditions that lead to pain. Reduce the pressure on your feet and increase your comfort with a pair of FootActive insoles.

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