What is Arch Pain?
Pain across the bottom of the foot at any point between the heel and the ball of the foot is often referred to as arch pain. Although this description is nonspecific, most arch pain is due to strain or inflammation of the plantar fascia (a long ligament on the bottom of the foot). This condition is known as plantar fasciitis and is sometimes associated with a heel spur.
Symptoms of Arch Pain
Pain and tenderness associated with plantar fascia strains are usually felt on the bottom of the foot and may manifest either as a specific or general area of tenderness. Plantar fascia pain may being creased or decreased by stretching of the arch.
Causes for Arch Pain
Arch pain is very common within different types of feet. The arch muscles can struggle with the whole bodies weight on them especially if you are on your feet for long periods of time. In most cases, arch pain develops from overuse, unsupportive shoes, weight gain or acute injury.
When to see a podiatrist?
If arch pain persists beyond a few days, see a podiatrist for treatment to prevent this condition from becoming worse.
Treatments for Arch Pain
This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer from arch pain avoid flat shoes whenever possible. Try to choose footwear with a reasonable heel, soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles. When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain. This type of orthotic will control over-pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief. Strength work, dry needling and hands on treatment is also very common.
Is the treatment for Arch Pain covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether arch pain and plantar fascia injury treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.