Arch pain can subside as quickly as it began with proper RICE protocol. However, if the cyclical load and activity that brought on the arch pain continues, it can progress to a chronic debilitating condition. Many arch conditions revolve around an anatomical structure called plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is a powerful support structure, originating at the heel and extending to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common lower extremity conditions. With proper rest and stretching, this condition may resolve uneventfully. If left untreated, treatments such as injections, physical therapy and surgery may be needed. As we age, wear and tear over time can compromise the structures that prevent arch collapse. Similar to one being near sighted or far sighted leading to needing prescription eyewear, many of us have asymmetric foot motion that may require custom orthotic devices to neutralize the abnormal motion that result in the injury and breakdown of our anatomical support structures. The Foot & Ankle Group offers a state of the art 4D scanning system to analyze your foot motion and design an orthotic device that addresses your condition.
Sometimes arch pain can be more elusive. Nerve conditions, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, can cause radiating and burning arch pain which originate from a nerve impingement at a remote site. Our AENS fellow, Dr. Miller, has extensive experience with the most complex of nerve conditions.