The phrase arch pain (or arch strain) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation under the long arch of the foot.
Arch pain (arch strain) has the tendency to occur as a result of overuse in activities / exercises such as running, jumping, tennis, squash, hiking, walking, and skiing / snowboarding. People who have flat feet, or people whose feet flatten and roll inward (called “over pronation”) are more prone to arch pain. Arch pain usually occurs gradually. However, it can occur suddenly if the fascia ligaments are stretched or torn during a forceful activity such as sprinting or jumping
An accurate diagnosis from a podiatrist (foot doctor) is important early in the management of arch pain.
The more common specific causes of arch pain (arch strain) tend to be:
- Plantar fasciitis (strain of the plantar fascia – a strong ligament that supports the arch
- Foot strain from a pronated / flat foot or high arched foot
- Osteoarthritis of the joints in the mid-foot
- Poor or improper footwear
Tarsal tunnel syndrome (a pinched nerve at the ankle that refers to pain in the arch)
There are two arches in each foot. The longitudinal arch runs the length of your foot, and the transverse arch runs across the width of your foot. The arches are made up of ligaments, which keep the bones of your foot in place. Arch pain can occur in one or both arches, but occurs most commonly in the longitudinal arch.
If this arch pain (arch strain) condition is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop, known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition and seek a proper consultation from Dr. David P. Rosenzweig, before it worsens.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): If you have pain that has not been responsive to other treatments, there is a new non-surgical treatment that was recently approved by the FDA. ESWT (extracorporeal shockwave therapy) uses strong electrohydraulic acoustic (sound) energy that triggers the body’s natural repair mechanism. This treatment method is safe, effective and requires a very short recovery period compared to older surgical techniques.
Dr. Rosenzweig uses the latest generation ESWT, EPAT® (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) D-Actor® 200 to treat his patients to relieve the pain associated with soft tissue conditions like arch pain, heel spur syndrome/plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis/bursitis.
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Rye Brook, New York 10573
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