The arch of your foot is composed of three main components consisting of two longitudinal arches on either side and a transverse arch that spans the midfoot. When any of these flexible tissues are subjected to excessive stress and pressure, tiny tears and stretching can cause considerable arch pain, discomfort, and disability. In fact, correcting problems with your arches will also help fix a knee, hip, and back problems as well.
3 common causes of arch pain include the following:
- Flat feet—While not everyone who has flat feet has problems, for the majority of folks, having untreated, fallen arches can cause considerable stress and pain. Custom orthotic devices are often the best way to treat arch problems.
- Shoes that don’t fit properly—In addition to proper arch support, it is essential to have properly fitted shoes. Your footwear needs to be comfortable yet supportive. Always have your feet properly measured when buying new shoes to get the correct fit.
- Hairline fractures—Tiny breaks in the bones that are in and around your arch can cause direct or radiating arch pain. The actual location of these stress fractures can be difficult to trace without biomechanical and imaging studies done at your foot doctor’s office.
To treat and prevent arch pain, consult with our board-certified podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including, sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.