What Causes Arch Pain?


Having painful arches is a condition that can happen suddenly after a strenuous workout or game, or they can develop slowly after weeks and months of strenuous training or work-related stress and pressure. There are many contributing factors to arch pain and it can be difficult to determine the specific cause. See your foot doctor for a computerized gait analysis and proper measurements for custom orthotics.

Common causes of arch pain include:

●      Tendon, ligament, and muscle strain

●      Stress or hairline fractures

●      Structural problems

●      Osteoarthritis

●      Repetitive stress

●      Trauma to the foot

●      Muscle cramping

Treatments for arch pain include the following:

1)    Properly fitted shoes - Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes and be sure to replace your shoes and sneakers when they are worn out. Always wear the correct shoe for the activity since cushioning and support varies considerably. For example, running shoes should not be worn for tennis or basketball.

2)    Orthotics - Customized orthotic inserts that fit your precise foot shape will improve the alignment and structure of your feet and augment the support dynamics.

3)    Activity change - Avoiding the activity that is causing the arch pain will help immediately. Try eliminating high impact activities and replacing them with swimming or cycling.

4)    RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) - Applying ice to the arch area for twenty minute intervals several times a day will decrease symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen will also help reduce pain and swelling.

If rest and recuperation along with well-fitted shoes and proper arch support are not relieving your arch pain seek the assistance of your foot doctor. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.