Arch Pain

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.

Symptoms

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!

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