Your arches consist of three separate arch segments, two of which go along the length of the foot and one that spans across the width. The longitudinal arch sections run along each side of the foot and the third section makes up the middle part of the arch. Having improperly supported arches can lead to overpronation and contribute to problems with the knees, hips, and back.
Multiple components of your foot contribute to arch function including ligaments, tendons, and muscles so there are many avenues in which arch pain can develop.
Some common causes of arch pain include:
- Overuse injury—Walking on hard surfaces for your job, or during exercise and sports that involve a lot of running and jumping can cause damage to your arches over time.
- Plantar fasciitis—Thiscondition is often associated with heel pain, but the initial injury occurs in the plantar fascia which is the tissue that makes up the bottom of your arch.
- Poorly fitting shoes and poor arch support—Having poor arch support puts too much stress on the arch, so always have your feet evaluated by your foot doctor to determine what type of foot you have. The right shoes with the proper arch support are mandatory for preventing arch pain and related issues.
There are many other possible causes of arch pain, so be sure to see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and the best 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 a 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.