Arch Pain?

Information provided for educational purposes only. For diagnosis, individualized treatment, and medical advice please make an appointment to visit our qualified podiatrists. Northwest Foot and Ankle Specialists treats a variety of conditions not limited to what is listed here.

Foot arch pain

The arches of the foot, formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones, strengthened by ligaments and tendons, allow the foot to support the weight of the body in the erect posture with the least weight.

Possible Conditions

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot.

 Symptoms

Typically sharp and usually unilateral pain. Worsened by bearing weight on the heel after long periods of rest


 Causes

Excessive running, standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods, high arches of the feet, leg length inequality, and flat feet


 Home Treatments

Rest, heat, ice, calf-strengthening exercises, NSAIDs

Surgery may be required


 When to See a Doctor

If pain and other symptoms of inflammation—redness, swelling, heat—persist, limit normal daily activities and contact a doctor of podiatric medicine.

Flat feet

Flat feet

Flat feet is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.

 Symptoms

Calf muscle pains, arch pain, or any other pains around the foot area


 Causes

Injury, illness, unusual or prolonged stress to the foot, faulty biomechanics, or as part of the normal aging process.


 Home Treatments

Arch support

Surgery may be required


 When to See a Doctor

Treatment of flat feet may also be appropriate if there is associated foot or lower leg pain, or if the condition affects the knees or the lower back.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Patients with tarsal tunnel syndrome present with pain in the inside of the ankle or heel region that radiates into the sole of their foot.

 Symptoms

Sharp, shooting, dull, or burning feeling and may be associated with numbness


 Causes

Tibial nerve or its branches as they course under tight structures with limited space along the inner aspect of the ankle and down along the inner aspect of the heel and turning into the sole


 Home Treatments

Shoe and activity modification, orthotics, stretching, weight loss


 When to See a Doctor

If the pain doesn't go away with home remedies, it's time to see a podiatrist.