Arch Pain

Arch Pain in Southeast Portland, OR

Arch pain is a common foot ailment and can significantly impact mobility and quality of life. Whether it's a dull ache or sharp discomfort, understanding the underlying causes and available treatment options is essential for effectively managing arch pain and restoring foot health. When you have an understanding of your arch pain and what may be causing it, your podiatrist is able to find the best treatment plan to ease your pain and help you live comfortably again.

Understanding Arch Pain

The arches of the feet serve as shock absorbers. They help to distribute the body's weight evenly and provide stability during walking, running, and standing. Arch pain occurs when there is strain, inflammation, or structural abnormalities that can affect the arches, which results in discomfort and difficulty with any weight-bearing activities. While arch pain can occur in individuals of all ages and activity levels, it's particularly prevalent among athletes, individuals with flat feet or high arches, and those who spend prolonged periods of time on their feet.

Common causes of arch pain can include:

  • Overuse: Engaging in repetitive activities like running, jumping, or standing for extended periods can strain the muscles, tendons, and ligaments supporting the arches, leading to pain and inflammation.
  • Foot Mechanics: Structural abnormalities such as flat feet or high arches alter the distribution of weight on the feet, increasing the risk of arch pain.
  • Footwear: Ill-fitting shoes, lack of arch support, or inadequate cushioning can exacerbate arch pain by placing undue pressure on the arches and surrounding tissues.
  • Injuries: Trauma, sprains, or fractures to the foot or ankle can damage the arch structures, resulting in acute or chronic pain.

Common symptoms can include an aching or throbbing sensation in the arch of the foot, a sharp and stabbing pain while walking or standing, tenderness, or swelling. You may also have issues walking or bearing any weight on the affected foot.

Common treatment options can include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Footwear modifications
  • Orthotic inserts
  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

Find out how you can get relief from arch pain today. Contact Dr. Brandi Myers at Sellwood Podiatry in Portland, OR, at (503) 235-8594 for more information about arch pain and how to manage yours.

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