What a Pain in the Arch!

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The arch of your foot makes up a substantial part of how you move throughout the day – which is why it can be so debilitating when it hurts! Each of your foot’s arches are made of three different segments:  two run the longitude of your foot and one transverse. The longitudinal arches run front to back on either side of your foot, while the transverse segment runs through the middle of your foot. Your arch is made up of several ligaments, tendons, and bones, which makes for lots of opportunity for pain!

Common causes of arch pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is often thought of as just heel pain, but the inflammation occurs in the tissue that makes up the bottom part of your arch: the plantar fascia. Therefore, it’s also a pain in your arch.

  • Inadequate footwear – Flimsy footwear such as sandals and flip flops put too much stress on your arch with little to no support. Prevent arch pain by buying properly-fitted shoes with robust arch areas. This will also help to prevent hip, knee, and back injuries.

  • Overuse injuries – Standing, running, jumping, or doing any other repetitive activity for sustained periods can strain your arches. If you spend a lot of time on your feet for work or play, make sure you have the proper shoes.

  • Overpronation – If your outer heel edge hits the ground first when you walk, it means you overpronate. This can damage muscles, ligaments, and tendons over time that can lead to arch pain.

If you’re dealing with arch pain, it’s time to check in with your podiatrist! Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong! Your doctor will assess your condition, likely using x-rays, looking at your footwear, and checking your gait.

If you’re experiencing arch pain, or any pain in your feet or ankles, call our office today. Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas can help to diagnose and treat any foot or ankle issues you might be experiencing. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.