Why Do My Arches Hurt?

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The arch of your foot is an interesting and complex structure composed of three main sections including the transverse arch and the two longitudinal sections. With the multitude of additional tendons, muscles, and bones that contribute to the form and function of your arches, there are many ways that an arch injury or radiating heel pain can become a serious problem.

Some common causes of arch pain include the following:

Plantar fasciitis The plantar fascia is another name for the primary wide band of connective tissue that spans the bottom of your foot. When this tissue becomes swollen and damaged from overuse, it causes arch and radiating heel pain.

Poorly fitting shoes—Your arches need proper support to carry all your weight and also to absorb the pressure of daily activities and exercise. Have a computerized gait analysis done by your foot doctor to determine your arch type and what arch support is best for you. A variety of custom orthotic inserts can be utilized to further support your arch and will even help with knee, hip, and back alignment.

Hairline fractures—Small cracks can be caused in the bones of the foot from repetitive stress that occurs during work, sports, and exercise. Dropping something heavy on your foot can also cause a fracture resulting in pain in the arch.

If you need help with painful arches, we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!