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ARCH PAIN

Arch pain refers to discomfort or pain in the arch of the foot, which is the curved area that spans from the ball of the foot to the heel. The arch of the foot is supported by ligaments, tendons, and muscles, and it plays a crucial role in providing stability and distributing the body's weight during walking, running, and other activities.

WHAT CAN CAUSE ARCH PAIN?

 

Arch pain refers to discomfort or pain in the arch of the foot, which is the curved area that spans from the ball of the foot to the heel. The arch of the foot is supported by ligaments, tendons, and muscles, and it plays a crucial role in providing stability and distributing the body's weight during walking, running, and other activities.

Common causes of Heel Pain.

Arch pain can be caused by various factors, including:

  1. Flat Feet or 'Overpronation': People with flat feet or those who, to use a buzz word, 'overpronate' (roll their feet inward excessively) may experience arch pain due to the strain on the structures that support the arch.

  2. High Arches or Underpronation: On the other hand, individuals with high arches or underpronation may also experience arch pain because of the reduced shock absorption and inadequate distribution of weight.

  3. Plantar Fasciitis: This is a common condition where the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated, leading to pain in the arch and heel.

  4. Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons that run along the arch can cause pain. This can be due to overuse or improper footwear.

  5. Arch Strain: Overuse or excessive strain on the arch muscles, tendons, and ligaments can lead to pain and discomfort.

  6. Injuries: Trauma, such as sprains, strains, or fractures, can cause arch pain.

  7. Improper Footwear: Wearing shoes that do not provide adequate arch support or shoes that do not fit properly can contribute to arch pain.

  8. Obesity: Carrying excess body weight can put additional stress on the arch of the foot.

  9. Aging: As people age, the natural fat padding on the bottom of the foot can thin out, leading to increased pressure on the arch and potential discomfort.

  10. Certain Medical Conditions: Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or nerve problems can also contribute to arch pain.

It's important to note that proper diagnosis by a medical professional is crucial for determining the exact cause of arch pain and developing an appropriate treatment plan. If you're experiencing persistent or severe pain, consult a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and recommended course of action.

THINK YOU MAY HAVE ONE OF THE ABOVE?
GET BOOKED IN FOR A BIOMECHANICS APPOINTMENT

£105.00

 

Our team will conduct a full assessment including medical history, foot & lower limb posture, strength & motion tests, gait assessment using pressure plate system, and treatment plan discussion. Following your assessment and review of your medical history, this appoint may suitable to diagnose an treat conditions in the list above.

For this appointment it is important to have the appropriate medical history as this will allow our podiatrists to identify and treat the problem more effectively. If you have any previous GP refferal notes, scans or test results please bring these with you.

You will need the following for your appointment:

A pair of shorts. A selection of footwear, 1 to 3 pairs of shoes (footwear you wear daily/ and or your sporting footwear).

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