Your foot arches are comprised of three segments, two that traverse the length of the foot and one that spans the width. These segments interact with other foot components including bones, tendons, and muscles to support your foot. Misalignment and injury from conditions like plantar fasciitis can compromise these components causing severe arch pain and discomfort.

3 reasons you may be experiencing arch pain include the following:

1)    Shoes that don’t fit properly— Properly fitted footwear with the right arch support will help prevent arch pain and also alleviate pronation problems that affect the proper functioning of your knees, hips, and back. See your foot doctor for a computerized gait analysis to determine your foot type and which orthotic inserts are best.

2)    Repetitive stress injuries—All the daily stress of working, exercising, etc… puts a strain on the arches causing them to become irritated and inflamed. People who spend a lot of time on their feet walking on hard surfaces all day for work are more susceptible to developing arch pain.

3)    Plantar fasciitisThis is a common arch problem that frequently causes radiating problems in the heel area. The plantar fascia is the wide tissue that spans the bottom of your foot and small tears and stretching can cause considerable foot pain and contribute to the formation of heel spurs.

If you are experiencing arch pain, see your foot doctor for an evaluation and proper treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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