How to Treat Arch Pain


The occurrence of arch pain can happen all of a sudden, or it may happen more slowly and intermittently. Since there are quite a wide variety of conditions that can cause arch problems, you should see your foot care professional for the correct diagnosis and treatment. 

Some of the main causes of arch pain include the following:

●      Improper arch support

●      Ankle sprain or strain

●      Ligament and tendon damage

●      A hairline fracture

●      Various types of arthritis 

Your podiatrist can help you with a proper treatment plan after an exam is performed to determine the cause of your arch pain. 

Treatments for arch pain include the following: 

  1. Wear properly fitted shoes with arch supports and orthoticsAlways wear appropriate footwear for the activity in which you will be participating in.  Getting a computerized gait analysis at your podiatrist’s office is instrumental in determining your foot type and what arch supports and custom orthotic inserts are necessary. 

  2. Resting and icing—Pain and swelling can be reduced by applying ice to the area several times a day for ten or fifteen minutes each time. OTC pain relievers will also help. 

  3. Massage and physical therapy—You can help to increase blood circulation by gentle massage and physical therapy. These efforts can also help speed the healing process and decrease recovery time.  

If your efforts at decreasing arch pain are not providing relief, see your foot doctor. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, our podiatrist, 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.