Arch Pain

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What Is Arch Pain?

Arch pain, medically known as  Plantar Fasciitis, is inflammation of the broad ligament in the arch, that runs from the heels to the toes. Pain in the arch of the foot is a very common foot problem, often experienced when taking your first steps as you get out of bed in the morning, as well as after long walks or long periods of standing.

Pain under the arch of the foot first thing in the morning is due to the fact that the ligaments become tight and contracted due to inactivity. Once you get up in the morning, foot arch pain symptoms can occur due to the fascia being tight and becoming irritating when stretched. When it comes to walking or stand for prolonged periods, foot arch symptoms such as pain can occur due to inflammation.

 

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What Causes Pain In The Arch Of The Foot?

The arch of the foot, transfers weight from the heels to the toes and plays a vital role in proper foot function. As the arch ligament tightens and relaxes during the different phases of the gait, the inflamed plantar fascia can result in pain under the arch of the foot.

Repeated strain causes small tears in the ligament. This can then lead to inflammation, irritation, pain and swelling. Foot arch pain symptoms are most likely to occur 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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The Best Orthotics For Arch Pain

Various medical studies have proven that the most effective way in dealing with pain in the arch of the foot is a combination of stretching, exercise and wearing orthotic shoe insole. The best orthotics for arch pain are FootActive’s podiatry-developed orthotic insoles which help prevent over-pronation and support your arches. This releases the tension, thereby treating the cause of arch pain. FootActive Insoles are a simple, easy, low-cost solution to foot arch pain symptoms. The unique combination of support and cushioning often provides instant heel and arch pain relief.

Stretching exercises for the arch, Achilles tendons and calf muscles create more muscle length and flexibility while reducing excess strain on the arch ligaments. The hamstrings, calf muscles, Achilles tendons and arch all work together as you walk and tightness in one area can cause problems elsewhere.

Arch Pain FAQs

What causes pain in the arch of the foot?

Pain under the arch of the foot can be caused by injuries, repeated stress and structural issues in your foot. It may also be caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

How do you stretch the arch of your foot?

Stretching can be a beneficial form of heel and arch pain relief. Cross 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 superior form of heel and arch pain relief treatment that gives a little extra, combine our best orthotics for arch pain with our Moji foot massager, ideal for those who struggle to reach their toes.

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

There are various ways to reduce 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. The most effective form of pain relief for long-term support is our high-quality insoles for arch pain. These 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 best orthotics for arch pain can help absorb the impact of these stresses, reducing the pressure on your feet and lessening foot arch pain symptoms.

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