Why do I have pain in the arch of my foot?
When it comes to foot pain, it can sometimes be difficult to tell when it’s appropriate to visit your foot doctors in Calgary, and when you’ve just had a particularly hard workout.
At Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, our foot doctors know that part of helping you take care of your feet involves educating our patients about how their feet work and what constitutes serious foot pain.
One part of the foot that is particularly useful to know about is the arch, as pain in your arch can often build slowly over time, and you may only notice it when something has been wrong for a while. As you might have guessed, your arches are the middle part of the foot that, for the majority of people, doesn’t touch the ground if you’re standing up. As your foot doctors in Calgary might put it, the arch refers to the tarsal and metatarsal bones that are between your toes and your ankles and the ligaments and tendons that support those bones. When everything is going well, your arches make a little room for the elastic parts of your foot to effectively do their job. Like the suspension on a car, impacts on your foot are less severe on your body if there’s a little bit of a cushion to absorb them.
What causes arch pain?There are a lot of different causes of arch pain and, of course, if your arches are hurting severely or for more than a day or two, you should visit a Calgary foot clinic to be sure nothing is seriously wrong. A few common reasons for arch pain include:
- Flat Feet
- Bad Shoes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sprains and Strains
- Back and Hip Pain