Arch pain affects thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. It commonly affects athletes, particularly runners, but can impact anyone, even people who aren’t very active. The foot arch stretches from the base of the toes to the heel. It helps us balance, it absorbs shock, bears weight and stabilizes movements. Arch pain minimizes the activities we can complete each day. The pain can be pretty severe, especially for untreated chronic conditions.
Arch pain is common in the ball and heel of the foot, although some people also experience pain on top of their foot. It usually occurs in one foot only. Pain in the ankles, back, legs, knees, and hips are also possible. Many people experience pain that comes and goes from day-to-day or even week-to-week. The pain is often worse when walking or standing or after participating in other activities. Many sufferers feel the pain is worse during the early morning hours, especially shortly after they wake.
Arch pain occurs after an injury to the tendons, ligament, bones, or muscles that form the foot arch. This is why athletes are so commonly affected by arch pain. Structural issues also contribute to pain, especially if the issues are compounded by age, weight gain, stress or neurological problems. High arches and flat feet are two common structural issues that cause arch pain.
Occasional arch pain isn’t a cause for concern. Most people take a couple of ibuprofen to ease the discomfort and assume normal activities shortly after the problem. Other people use home remedies to treat arch pain. A foot soak is one tactic that can ease aches and pains associated with arch pain. The soak may also ease swelling and inflammation. Massage and avoiding overuse of the foot are additional ways to minimize arch pain without doctor intervention.…