Anyone who has suffered from foot arch pain knows how debilitating the condition can be. With the pain often described as being sharp and stabbing when acute, or dull and constant when chronic, foot arch pain can affect not only your exercise routine, but also your mobility in general.
Foot arch pain occurs when there is some sort of dysfunction occurring with (or between) any of the following elements in the foot: the ligaments, foot muscles, fat pads, bones and / or plantar fascia tissue.
The Causes of Foot Arch Pain
There are a number of possible causes of foot arch pain and it is important to see a medical professional when you are experiencing acute or chronic foot arch pain. Below are some common causes of having arch pain in foot:
- Repetitive strain – overusing your foot muscles, by over-exercising. If you are an athlete or regular exerciser, do you primarily experience foot arch pain running? Long distance jogging can be a cause, or aggravator, of this uncomfortable condition.
- Wearing high heels, or other, unsupportive shoes. Make sure your shoes are comfortable. Have correct support in the soles that has adequate shock absorption and encourage good posture. When jogging or playing sports, ensure that your shoes are designed for the exercise at hand, and have outstanding levels of shock absorbency.
- Sprain of a ligament in the foot where the ligaments holding foot bones in place actually tear. Similar to this is plantar fascia tissue injury, which is a stretching or breaking of the tissue.
- Bruising or bone fractures that have occurred as the result of an accident.
- Running on irregular, inflexible or spongy surfaces can have a very detrimental effect on your foot’s health.
Types Of Foot Arch Pain Relief
Methods that may relieve your arch pain in foot includes several simple and natural solutions. Hence, there are also medically inclined and somewhat complicated answers which can be prescribed by your physician. Below are some insights and ideas you can do with relieve some pain.
- First and foremost, rest the foot. Keeping your weight off the foot will help it recover faster.
- Try elevating your foot to reduce any inflammation and possibly also reduce the pain a little.
- Apply a cool compress to the painful arch, for up to twenty minutes in a session.
- If the pain is severe, you may wish to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin. Be sure to take non-prescription medications only as directed on the packaging, or by your general practitioner.
- Physiotherapy. With a combination of localized massage, as well as directed exercises and stretches. Physiotherapy may help your painful foot arch condition to correct itself over time. You can ask your general physician for a referral to a physiotherapist or other suitable medical specialist in your area.
If you are a regular jogger, try to stick to running only on even and medium-density surfaces. Perhaps, you can also jog less often or for less time and distance. Also, try to make stretching your legs and foot joints a regular part of your exercise routine and take time to cool down and stretch after a long jog. Investing in the right pair of joggers / trainers for you will also make a world of difference.