Posts for category: arch pain
When the entire bottom of your foot touches the ground when you stand, then your arch is falling, and you have flat feet. While not always an issue, for the majority of the over 70 million folks in the country who have the condition, untreated flat feet causes foot and ankle pain and also contributes to knee, hip, and back problems.
The two main types of flat feet include:
- Congenital flat feet—This means you inherited the condition. Flexible flat feet is the most common congenital type and is characterized by the arch being present when weight is removed, but disappearing when you stand on the foot. It may or may not cause pain and discomfort.
- Acquired flat feet—As you age, the arch of the foot eventually succumbs to the continuous daily pressure and stress, and if the arch isn’t properly supported, painful conditions like plantar fasciitis can be the result.
Treatment for flat feet
Treatment for pain and swelling caused by having untreated flat feet includes taking ibuprofen, resting, icing, and physical therapy exercises. In some cases, flat feet don’t cause any problems and will not require any treatment. For most people, however, a computerized gait analysis can be performed by your foot doctor to determine how you pronate when you walk. Properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts will correct most problems and even treat knee, hip, and back pain.
If you are experiencing problems from untreated flat feet, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
A high arch condition called pes cavus is characterized by inflexible arches that can cause serious problems as you get older if left untreated. With this condition, the arch retains most of its curved shape even when weight is applied. This prevents the arch from efficiently absorbing pressure and from transferring weight from the forefoot to the heel.
Rigid high arches may not be a problem at first, but foot deformities like hammertoes and skin conditions like calluses will become more likely as time passes. Foot and ankle instability from high arches also results in a higher risk for ankle sprains and strains.
Some of the more conservative treatments for high arches include the following:
- Supportive shoes—Footwear with a wide heel base and room for ankle supports and shoe inserts is essential for proper healing to occur.
- Orthotic shoe inserts—Your foot doctor can create specially designed arch supports that fit the shape of your foot and provide a sufficient amount of cushioning and stabilization. Pads and other inserts can help isolate and treat foot abnormalities like hammertoes and bunions.
- Foot braces—Foot braces can help provide the proper support and stabilization to treat a high arch.
Proper treatment of high arches requires a complete exam and analysis by your foot care professional and in serious cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.
If you are experiencing complications with high arches, see your podiatrist to find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Your feet are incredibly complex and durable structures with many components that have to interact properly with each other for proper foot functioning. One of the most interesting aspects of the foot is the arch, which is incredibly durable, yet delicate at the same time.
Each one of your arches is composed of three separate arch segments, two of which go along the length of the foot, and one that crosses the width. The longitudinal arches run along each side of the foot, and the transverse segment runs across the middle.
With so many other components that contribute to proper arch function—such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles—there are many different ways that you can experience an injury to your arch.
3 common causes of arch pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis—This is an arch and heel condition that is often associated with heel pain, but the inflammation occurs in the plantar fascia, which is the tissue that makes up the bottom of your arch and connects to the heel bone.
- Unsupportive footwear—Footwear with poor arch support puts too much stress on the arch, especially if you have untreated flat feet. Properly-fitted shoes with the proper arch support are essential to preventing arch pain and associated problems. Since poorly supported arches can lead to gait abnormalities, neglecting the care of your arches can cause pain and discomfort in your knees, hips, and back.
- Excessive pressure from overuse—The stress on the feet from walking on hard surfaces for your job, from sports that involve a lot of running and jumping, or from any other repetitive activity involving the feet can adversely affect your arches.
There are many other potential causes of arch pain which is why you should see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and the best treatment. For any problems that you or a loved one may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!