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!