Arch pain is often felt as a burning sensation under the long arch of the foot. There are a number of causes of this, but the most common is plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the muscle that runs along the bottom of the foot), but can also be due to the strain of any structure in the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot, which runs from the heel to the forefoot. The plantar fascia can become inflamed due to over pronation (flat feet) which causes the arch pain.
Signs and Symptoms of Arch Pain
Pain in the arch of the foot which runs along the inside of your instep. The problems can include your feet starting to ache, burning sensation of the heel, balls of your feet and your toes feel tight and cramped. Your walking pattern can change, creating problems including bunions, corns, calluses or ingrown toenails.
Prevention of Arch Pain
Advice should be sought on the adequacy of footwear. Keeping your weight down will help to reduce the pressure on your feet. Foot orthoses should be used if structural imbalances are present. Activity levels and types of activities (occupational and sporting) need to be considered and modified accordingly. Your Podiatrist may also be able to advise on the treatment of arch pain.