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Arch strain refers to a condition where there is pain, discomfort, or injury in the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. The medial longitudinal arch is the inner arch of the foot that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. This arch is formed by bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles working together to provide support and flexibility to the foot.


This an injury or discomfort in the arches of the feet, likely due to overexertion, overuse, or improper footwear. This could manifest as pain, soreness, or discomfort in the arch region of the foot.

Medial Arch Strain can occur due to various factors, including:

  1. Overuse or Overexertion: Engaging in activities that put excessive stress on the arch of the foot, such as prolonged standing, walking, or running, can lead to strain.

  2. Improper Footwear: Wearing shoes that do not provide adequate arch support or are not properly fitted can contribute to arch strain.

  3. Flat Feet (Pes Planus): People with flat feet may experience medial arch strain because the arch does not have the usual structural support.

  4. Sudden Increase in Activity: A rapid increase in physical activity level, especially if the foot is not accustomed to the new demands, can lead to strain.

  5. Biomechanical Issues: Abnormalities in foot structure or gait can place extra stress on the arch and lead to strain.

What are the symptoms of Arch Strain?

Symptoms of medial arch strain may include pain or discomfort along the inner aspect of the foot, particularly when walking, running, or standing. Swelling, redness, or a feeling of instability in the arch area can also occur.

The primary symptoms of a medial arch strain may include:

  1. Pain: The most common symptom is pain along the inner aspect of the foot, specifically in the area where the medial longitudinal arch is located. The pain may range from mild to moderate and can be aggravated by activities that put stress on the arch, such as walking, running, or standing for prolonged periods.

  2. Tenderness: The area of the medial arch may feel tender to touch, and there might be localised soreness when pressure is applied.

  3. Swelling: Inflammation can lead to swelling around the arch of the foot. The swelling might be more noticeable after activities or by the end of the day.

  4. Redness: Increased blood flow due to inflammation can cause the skin over the affected area to appear red.

  5. Stiffness: You might experience stiffness in the arch area, especially after periods of rest or upon waking up in the morning.

  6. Discomfort with Movement: Any movement that involves flexing the foot, such as going up on tiptoes, might cause discomfort or pain.

  7. Changes in Gait: To avoid putting pressure on the painful area, individuals with a medial arch strain might alter their walking or running gait, which can lead to compensatory strain on other parts of the body.

It's important to note that the severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person and depending on the extent of the strain. If you experience symptoms, it's recommended to consult a medical professional, such as a podiatrist, for proper diagnosis and guidance on appropriate treatment measures.

How can you treat an Arch Strain?

Treatment for medial arch strain typically involves:

  1. Rest: Giving the foot time to heal by avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain.

  2. Ice: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.

  3. Supportive Footwear: Wearing shoes with proper arch support and cushioning can help relieve strain on the arch.

  4. Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Engaging in appropriate exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons that support the arch can aid in recovery and prevent future strain.

  5. Orthotic Inserts: Custom insoles or over-the-counter arch support insoles or orthotic inserts can provide additional support and help alleviate strain.

  6. Physical Therapy: A physical therapist can provide guidance on exercises and techniques to address the strain and improve foot mechanics.

  7. Pain Relief Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to manage pain and inflammation, under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

It's important to consult a registered podiatrist, for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan if you suspect an Arch Strain or are experiencing symptoms related to it.




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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