Arch Pain Relief
Foot Arch Pain
Insoles for Arch Pain Relief
Your arch is made up of tarsal and metatarsal bones that help you absorb stress, stabilize during excessive activity and adapt to sloping surfaces. Important tendons, muscles and ligaments connect to your foot arch and support your arch during everyday movement and exercise. If weakened or injured, these tendons and bones may cause you to feel pain and discomfort. Arch pain often affects other areas of the foot, as well as the ankles, shins, knees and lower back. Sometimes arch pain is an indicator or an underlying foot ailment, such as plantar fasciitis or overpronation (flat feet).
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of arch pain. It affects the arch, heel or both. It is commonly caused by micro tears and strain to the ligaments attached to the heel bone and sole of the foot. Tears and inflammation typically occur due to wearing shoes with improper arch support, walking barefoot or sudden weight gain. Plantar fasciitis symptoms include pain, tenderness and stiffness.
Overpronation, or flat feet, causes foot pain and often occurs when you're standing or walking for extended periods of time. Because a low foot arch cannot support your step, the foot rolls inward, twisting your body out of alignment. Contributing factors for overpronation include injury, weight gain, arthritis and aging.
Effects of Arch Pain
Direct force trauma, ligament sprains, stress fractures and overuse can all cause arch pain. Runners and people who work all day on surfaces that are uneven or too hard or too soft may experience pain in the arch of the foot. If left untreated, arch pain can interfere with daily movement and activities. It may lead to more serious conditions including: • Degenerative wear and tear in the knees, hip or spine • Achilles tendonitis • Shin splints • Hammertoes • Foot and leg ache • Morton's neuroma
Solutions for Arch Pain
If you are experiencing arch pain, you can take steps to alleviate your discomfort, such as strengthening your tibialis posterior muscle, stretching your Achilles tendon, wearing specialized arch pain supports and using orthotic shoe inserts. Specifically, treatment for plantar fasciitis may include orthotic arch supports, physical therapy or steroid injections. Orthotic shoe inserts, rest, ice and physical therapy are all treatments for overpronation.
Orthotics for Arch Support
The following orthotic insoles can help relieve arch pain and discomfort, as well as help prevent more serious foot and lower body problems:
- Pinnacle MAXX: The Pinnacle MAXX orthotic insoles are designed with a firmer shell and angled heel platform to give you greater control and arch support. They can be worn in casual, athletic and work shoes to help manage pain and discomfort in the heel and ball of the foot.
- Endurance®: The Endurance ultra-thin insoles have a super slim, low-profile and are designed to offer light arch support and targeted comfort in high-impact areas such as the heel and ball of the foot. They are ideal for those who prefer less rigid arch support while running, cycling or skiing.
- PowerKids®: The PowerKids orthotics insoles are designed with a deep heel cup and built-in arch support to vertically lift and restore alignment to a child's foot. They are ideal for feet lacking arch support, mild to moderate pronation and fatigued muscles.
- Archmolds® Maximum: The Archmolds Maximum orthotic shoe inserts provide ultimate shock absorption, solid arch support and maximum cushioning with a 3mm foam cushion. They are heat moldable and ideal for both athletic and casual shoes. Explore Powerstep's full line of orthotic insoles that can relieve and prevent arch pain in the foot.