Arch pain is often described as a burning sensation under the arch of the foot. The most common cause is plantar fasciitis. It is important that a correct diagnoses is made to ensure the most effective treatment.
There are a number of possible causes for arch pain, but the most common are structural imbalances of the foot, such a pronated foot. This is often not enough in isolation to cause the problem, but in combination with other factors arch pain may develop. These other factors are usually associated with overuse excessive running, walking, hard surfaces is one of the major contributing factors.
Occupation may lead to this pain, someone who works on their feet all day combined with inadequate or non-supportive footwear will most certainly contribute to arch pain. Some other causes of arch pain include tarsal tunnel syndrome foot strain from a pronated or flat foot. Osteoarthritis within the joints of the mid foot may also cause arch pain, remember there are 26 bones in the foot this means many joints where arthritis may occur.
At Hampton Podiatry we can make an accurate diagnosis, this is important in the management of arch pain. Early treatment of arch pain generally shortens the treatment time, consideration needs to be given to the cause and strategies put in place to prevent it happening again. Advice should be sought on the adequacy of footwear. A proper gait assessment should be carried out and where indicated foot orthotics should be used if obvious structural imbalances are present. Activity levels and types of activities including occupational and sporting activities may need to be considered and modified accordingly.