Posts for: November, 2020
The Symptoms of Arch Pain
The arches of your feet run along the bottom of your feet from the ball to the heel. They transfer weight and absorb shock when you are standing, running, and walking. Arches are formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones, as well as tendons and ligaments which give them extra strength. Arch pain can have several causes, the most common one being plantar fasciitis. If you need advice about arch pain, Dr. Laura Pickard is a podiatrist at Norridge Foot Clinic. She specializes in all foot and ankles issues.
Symptoms of Arch Pain
Patients will typically feel arch pain on the bottom of their feet, close to the heel, particularly if the pain is caused by plantar fasciitis. Often the arch pain is more severe in the morning and then eases slightly throughout the day. This is because the plantar fascia muscle, which runs from the heel to the toes, tightens up while you are sleeping. If your arch pain is due to an injury, your foot may also show signs of bruising and feel tender to touch.
There are several grades of arch pain including:
- Grade I: You only feel pain when you are active.
- Grade II: You feel pain before and after you are active, but it is not severe enough to affect your performance.
- Grade III: You feel pain before and after you are active, and it is severe enough to affect your performance.
- Grade IV: You feel pain constantly and it affects your ability to perform any kind of activity.
Treatment for Arch Pain
Your treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your arch pain. For less severe pain you can take over-the-counter medications. Your podiatrist may recommend a brace to support your arch, or a night splint if you have plantar fasciitis. If the pain is due to flat feet or high arches, you may benefit from custom made orthotic devices.
If you are having problems with your arches Call Dr. Pickard at Norridge Foot Clinic at (773) 625-2211 to schedule an appointment.