Why Do My Arches Hurt?

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Having a severe pain in the arch of your foot can happen suddenly. But arch pain may also start off intermittently, which can make it hard to identify the source of the problem without the help of your foot doctor. 

Some of the reasons for arch pain include the following:

  • Structural problems 

  • Trauma or overuse injuries that may cause fractures

  • Arthritis, gout, or other inflammatory conditions

  • Pulled or strained muscles, ligaments or tendons

  • Muscle stiffness

Treatments for arch pain include the following:

  1. Wear shoes that are properly fitted and matched to the activity—Always wear the correct style of footwear for the activity in which you will be engaged. Don’t wear running shoes on the tennis court! Always replace your athletic shoes when they become excessively worn, usually about every six months.

  2. Try custom orthotic insertsCustom shoe inserts will provide the needed structure and support to not only fix your arches, but also to properly align your feet and ankles. Correcting your pronation will also help your knees, hips, and back.

  3. Activity abatement or modification—Remove pressure by decreasing the weight on the arch with rest and elevation. Try switching to low-impact cycling or swimming while the arches heel.

If you are experiencing pain in your arches, see your podiatrist for the best care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.