Arch Pain

The most frequent cause of arch pain is a common condition called plantar fasciitis.  The plantar fascia is a broad, thick band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot that stretches from the ball of the foot and attaches to the heel bone. Excessive stretch of the plantar fascia causes inflammation of this tissue (plantar fasciitis).  The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas.  Classic symptoms are pain when first arising out of bed in the morning as well as pain with periods of walking and standing. 

Treatment for this arch pain is stretching exercises for the plantar fascia and muscles in the back of your calf, arch supports for your shoes, supportive running or walking shoe, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.  A device worn on your foot and leg during sleep can help keep the plantar fascia and calf muscles stretched. 

It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens.