FACTS ON ARCH PAIN
Feet of adults usually have an arch (an upward curve) between the forefoot and the heel. The arch usually develops as a person grows older and is not present from birth.
Arch pain is felt on the underside of the foot between the heel and ball of foot. The purpose of the arch is to transfer body weight from the heel to the toe. Pain happens when the arch does not function properly.
When the tendons in the foot all pull adequately, the foot forms a normal arch. When tendons do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch. This is called flat foot or fallen arch. This is a common problem that may causes chronic pain and compromise mobility. Consult your CuraFoot doctor for a thorough diagnosis.
- Arch pain occurs due to weak or strained ligaments associated with the bones in the arch of your foot
- It is primarily caused by wearing incorrect shoes with less support while standing or walking for long periods of time
- Overuse of the feet during work or sports
- Being obese or overweight
- Direct injury or ligament sprains in the foot
HOW TO HELP PREVENT AND RELIEVE ARCH PAIN?
There are some steps you can take to help prevent pain in the arch of your foot. For example:
- Use shoes with correct insoles to support and cushion your feet and ankles
- Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to stay healthy
- Resting to allow the tissues to heal themselves if already suffering from arch pain
- Applying ice to the area to relieve pain and reduce swelling