Your arch is an important structure in your foot that helps absorb shock and distribute body weight for balance. It is made up of the tarsal and metatarsal bones and their surrounding connective tissues. When any of these ligaments, tendons, and muscles are subject to injury or overuse, arch pain can develop and lead to other problems in the foot, ankle, even knees and back.
Although the direct cause of arch pain is usually due to injury or stress from weight imbalance, there are a number of possible underlying causes for arch pain. One way to help determine the cause is to know what type of arches you have with this test: If you wet your feet and step onto a flat surface to create a footprint, you may see your entire foot (low arch), part of your arch (normal), or no arch (high arch). Low arches are usually associated with plantar fasciitis and pronation, while high arches cause arch pain due to excessive weight distribution in the heels and ball of the foot.
Any of the following can be used to treat and prevent recurring arch pain:
- Rest & ice
- Proper-fitting shoes – sometimes wearing comfortable shoes with good shock absorption can make a difference
- Arch supports – if you have flatfoot or excessive pronation, arch supports can keep your foot structure in a better position
- Orthotics – using shoe inserts catered to your foot can help relieve stress and pain.
If left untreated, arch pain can lead to more serious conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures, so if your pain persists, it is important to see a skilled foot specialist. Houston Foot & Ankle Care has the expertise of board-certified podiatrist Dr. Gabriel Maislos who is highly trained in all areas of foot and ankle problems. Together with his friendly staff, Dr. Maislos will provide an effective treatment plan to help you achieve healthier, stronger feet. Please explore our website for the extensive list of conditions we can treat, and call us at (713) 541-3199 to make an appointment at our Houston office!