DR. HARDY EXPLAINS WHY DO MY ARCHES ACHE?
posted: Jun 22, 2014.
Our arches are the primary source of the body that absorb the force from our feet. As we walk, our arch lowers and then rebounds, acting like a shock absorber. When something occurs to damage your arches and stop them from functioning properly, you will often experience pain.
Some causes of arch pain include:
- Trauma to the foot.
- Ligament sprains.
- Muscle strains.
- Stress fractures resulting from poor biomechanical alignment.
- Overuse (repetitive use).
- Tightness or loosening in the joints.
- High or falling arches.
Of all arch pain, Plantar Fasciitis is the most common condition. The Plantar Fascia is a strong fibrous structure in our feet that extends from the heel to the ball of the foot. The main job of the Plantar Fascia is to support and maintain our arches. When the fascia is under continual stress, small tears will start to appear. This will result in inflammation, swelling and of course, a whole lot of pain.
There are factors which make our arches more susceptible to pain and injury.
- Standing for long periods of time, especially in one area.
- Wearing shoes that provide little arch support.
- Being overweight which places more strain on the arch.
- Injured or tight muscles in the lower leg (these muscles attach near the arch).
- Excessive exercise or activity.
- A tight or overworked Achilles Tendon often found in athletes, especially in runners.
- Toronto Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has been successfully treating plantar fasciitis since 1980. We have all the latest physical therapy modalities including shockwave therapy as well as active release technique and mobilization. If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care or custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.