Arch Pain

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The term arch pain which is sometimes referred to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot. The arch of the foot consists of a broad band of tissues called the plantar fascia. This is located along the bottom surface of the foot and it stretches from the heel to the forefoot. The most common cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis which is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, usually due to over-pronation (flat feet). Flat feet can arise from a variety of causes, the most common are: Stretched or torn tendons, dislocated or broken bones and nerve problems, some suffer a abnormality from birth. You can develop flat feet for a number of reasons i.e. pregnancy, aging, diabetes and obesity.
The inflamed plantar fascia causes intense pain in the arch and sometimes also the heel of the foot.

Often the patient will complain of the pain being excruciating in the morning when he/she first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest. The primary cause of arch pain is over pronation. This can be controlled via insoles and orthotics. People suffering with arch pain whom have been forced to live with the pain no longer have to put up with this condition while standing, walking or running. Often it can be misdiagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome. This is when the tibial nerve which runs through the ankle, is pinched as it passes through the supportive band that surrounds the ankle. The symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome are usually  limited to the ankle but as the nerve passes through the entire foot it can cause arch pain. View the Dr. Foot's insoles range.

 

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Orthotic Proof Sources and Safety Data.

The use of foot orthotics has been researched and tested by leading institutions around the world, and is widely accepted in the medical community. Foot orthotics/ foot insoles are used in both public and private hospitals and clinics.
Clinical studies and field research verify the value of orthotics in preventing and treating arch pain while improving the structural integrity of the ligaments and muscles around the ankle. Flexible orthotics control foot motion without restricting function and creating compensatory movement in other structures.

Sources:

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

Anthony RJ (1991) The Manufacture and Use of Functional Foot Orthoses.

Valmassey R (1998) Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity.

Whing W , Zernicke R(1998). Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury.

Journal of Applied Biomechanics

 

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