How much do you know about arch pain?

Feeling arch pain after prolonged walking or exercising? On top of heel pain, plantar fasciitis can also cause arch pain. Let’s know more about the causes of arch pain and how to improve it!

Causes

  • Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia or medial plantar muscles.
  • Foot malalignment, e.g. flat feet, pronated feet, high arched feet.
  • Prolonged walking or high exercise level.
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Symptoms

  • Painful stretching, swelling, or even tearing pain at the arch of the foot.
  • Aggravated arch pain after prolonged walking or exercise.
  • If the arch pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, the pain may be worse at the first step out of bed in the morning or after prolonged sitting, but may subside after a few steps.

Treatment Methods

  1. Custom-made foot orthoses/ sandals: To correct foot malalignment, support the arch, reduce the tension on the plantar fascia and relieve arch pain.
  2. Calf Stretching : Use a tendon stretcher (commonly known as a stretching board) to increase the flexibility of the calf muscles and posterior heel tendons in order to reduce the tension on the plantar fascia.
  3. Foot massage: Using a small ball (e.g. tennis ball) or a foot roller placed under the arch and rolled back and forth to release the plantar muscles and relieve plantar fatigue
  4. Medication and physiotherapy: If the pain is so severe and affects daily life, seek medical advice for medication and physiotherapy.

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