As per the Australian Podiatry Association, at least 40 percent of Australians will go through various foot problems throughout their lifetime. There are a lot of factors in play in having a foot condition. For instance, age, diabetes, smoking, obesity and over usage of the feet can instigate foot problems, such as arch pain.
The arches of our feet perform a significant role in cushioning and bouncing back the force between our body and the ground. But once the arches are subjected to too much stress, it can result to arch pain or plantar pain. Unlike arching of the back, plantar pain is associated with lumping or bruising, which is a sign that a person’s connective tissue is damaged. When this happens, it is best to consult a podiatrist who will identify the root cause of your foot problem.
What Engenders an Arch Pain?
There are various reasons why a person experiences plantar pain. More often than not, a structural imbalance and foot injuries are its direct causes. Trauma to the arch of the foot, such as those resulting from ligament sprain, muscle strain and muscle overuse, can also lead to this condition. That said, experts say that the primary cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition wherein the plantar fascia of a foot is stretched away from the heel. This usually results to heel and arch pains. When left untreated, plantar fasciitis may develop into heel spurs.
Runners are the first ones who are susceptible to arch pain. However, without delving further into the pain level and a person’s training regimen, identifying the main factor that engenders arch pain can be difficult.
Treatment for Arch Pain
There are approaches that can alleviate the pain and allay the soreness. Having said that, arch pain is a recurring condition, that’s why its underlying reason should be addressed immediately.
They say that prevention is better than cure. There are exercises that you can include in your daily routine, which will prevent you from sustaining plantar pain. For instance, you can do calf raises, step stretches, doming and tower curls.
But in the event that arch pain cannot be avoided, apply the RICE method, especially if the soreness and aching is mild to moderate. The RICE method stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This approach is the most popular course of action of athletes for plantar pain.
Changing your footwear or using orthotics can also manage the recurring arch pain. You can also lessen your involvement in activities that trigger the condition. For extreme cases of arch pain, foot surgeries and steroid injection are the best way to go.