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Arch Pain Can Make Everyday Life Difficult
Pain or soreness in the arch area of the foot can cause you to avoid every day activities. It makes everything you do on your feet more difficult. Even walking can become a painful task, not to mention running or any other athletic activity. If you experience pain in your arches it is important to pay attention to it right away because the faster you treat it properly the faster it will heal and allow you to return to a normal lifestyle..
What is it?
The term arch pain is often referred to as arch strain and usually relates to inflammation or a burning sensation in the arch are of the foot. The medical term for this condition is plantar pain. The pain is usually more severe when standing or walking than it is when sitting or lying down. If not treated properly this condition usually become more painful over time.
What Causes it?
The most common cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from your heel bone to your toes. When your arch pain relates to plantar fasciitis, the pain most likely began in the heel and over time made its way into the arch as well. There are also a variety of other things that can cause arch pain. Simply wearing shoes without support can cause stress on the arch and cause pain and cause bones, ligaments, and muscles to become overworked and tired.
Activities that involve a significant amount or extended period of stress to the feet can contribute to this condition, such as long distance running or standing on the feet all day in a workplace environment. A structural or imbalance or an injury to the foot can also cause pain in the arch.
Certain medical conditions such as hammertoe, clubfoot, poor circulation, or obesity are also possible causes of arch pain.
What Can I do?
Very importantly, most arch pain can be cured by wearing comfortable, supportive footwear along with insoles that support your arch. It is usually best to avoid walking barefoot, especially on hard surfaces such as wood floors. Simple stretching exercises can help relieve tension and night splints can help alleviate pressure on your arches by keeping your muscles properly positioned and while you sleep.
The RICE method can also help considerably with swelling and pain. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.) Stay off your feet as much as possible for 1 or 2 days and take a longer break from the activity that may be causing the pain or soreness. Apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes at least 3 times daily. This should help to reduce the swelling. Elevate your feet while applying ice and any time that you are sitting or lying down. Keeping your feet above the level of your heart will help to minimize the swelling. Also use a compression bandage around the arch area as much as possible.
Your treatment will vary depending on the cause of your pain. A doctor may recommend shots or other medical procedures. Though these may help, in the long term relief will not usually be sustained unless the patient complies by wearing supportive shoes and possibly arch supports.