Arch Pain – Strain
Arch pain or arch strain refers to a burning sensation located at the arch of the foot, where the tissue in the middle of the foot becomes inflamed. The most frequent cause of arch pain is a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The arch of the foot is shaped by a firm band of fibrous tissue called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia joins the heel to the forefoot and plays a vital role in the proper mechanics of the foot.
The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel can cause pain when an individual first gets out of bed or after other periods of prolonged rest.
Arch pain can also result from a foot injury or a structural imbalance of the foot, such as flat feet or low arches as well as a high arch.
Some common contributors to the development of arch pain include being overweight, as the added weight causes constant strain and fatigue on the arch membranes; structural imbalances like over pronation, where the feet roll inwards excessively; rapid changes in foot activity, such as a sudden increase in exercise; and wearing footwear that does not support the arch of the foot properly.
Left untreated, continual strain on the longitudinal arch can result in a bony protrusion known as a heel spur. It is imperative to treat this condition promptly.