Common Causes of Foot Arch Pain

Posted on: 22 July 2021


If pain shoots through your arch when you walk or stand, you could have one of several foot problems. Arch pain is one of the many reasons why people visit an NDIS podiatry provider. Pain in this part of the foot can be a symptom of a more problematic issue. Some issues have quick and easy fixes, while others may need more in-depth medical attention. Read on to learn more common causes of arch pain and some of their treatments.

Overuse Injury

Overuse injuries like stress fractures make putting weight on the foot unbearable. The pain often gets worse the more you stand or walk around. After you receive a diagnosis, the podiatrist may put you on rest with an ice pack as well as anti-inflammatory medications. You will also have to reduce or eliminate weight-bearing activity for a few weeks.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and irritation of the band of tissue called the plantar fascia. It attaches your heel to the ball of the foot. This condition is very common and is made worse by overuse. Podiatrists may prescribe inserts and exercises to reduce pressure on the plantar fascia. Medications and surgery are reserved for severe cases.

High Arches

Very high arches, known as Cavus foot, can cause arch pain and foot instability. People with this inherited condition tend to have other foot issues as well. The podiatrist may try to correct this condition with inserts before resorting to surgery.

Flat Feet

Flat feet have many causes, but they don't always cause pain. Some forms of flat feet cause over or under pronation and put pressure on the outside of the foot. Fortunately, flat foot problems have many non-surgical treatments. Medications and shoe inserts may help.

Tendon and Ligament Problems

Foot tendons can cause pain when they tear or swell up. When the posterior tibial tendon has problems, it causes arch pain. This pain may be hard to pinpoint because it can also cause pain and swelling in your ankle and even up to your calf. Overuse aggravates the condition. Physical therapy combined with medications may help reduce this problem. Surgery may be an option after trying all other treatments.

For most people, these foot conditions only cause mild discomfort. Some over-the-counter inserts and proper footwear are often enough to reduce pain. However, if your pain is severe and you have trouble with normal walking and standing, an NDIS podiatry provider can help. The doctor will examine your feet and design a treatment plan to reduce your arch pain.