Foot arch pain

Your arch is comprised of your tarsal and metatarsal bones, along with supporting ligaments and tendons.

An important structure connected to your arch is your posterior tibialis tendon. This muscle originates behind your shin bone, runs inside your ankle, and attaches to several of your tarsal bones within your arch. This tendon is responsible for maintaining a healthy, supportive arch during your everyday activities.

When any of these arch-related bones, ligaments, and tendons are weakened or injured from overuse, excessive activity, or wear and tear from ageing, then you may start experiencing arch pain.

Sometimes arch pain is a symptom of a more specific foot ailment such as Plantar Fasciitis or you may have a condition called Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD). When this tendon is weakened or overworked, it creates a type of arch pain that stresses your plantar fascia (the band of connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of your foot), causing gradual fatigue of your arch, and decreasing the amount of support your arch gets from the posterior tibialis tendon.

Cause of arch pain

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon damage
  • Joint instability usually related to prior injuries
  • Poor alignment
  • Carry extra weight
  • Arthritis

Diagnosis

Treatments are always tailored to the individual, they may include:

Do not let arch pain go without treatment. Because your arch supports the weight of your entire body, arch pain tends to affect other areas of your feet, ankles, knees, legs, and back.

Book an appointment to find out how we can help you get back on your feet pain-free!

Mr James Ferrie
B. Pod. (La Trobe); Mem. A. Pod. A
Principal Practitioner / Founder of My Sports Podiatrist

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