Foot and Arch Pain Treatment
The foot is made up of a series of interconnected bones, ligaments and tendons and can be broken up into 3 sections – forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot.
Leonardo da Vinci stated that –
“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”
Yet why is this engineering marvel causing us so many problems?
The answers are too many to list, but some are the modern world’s hard & flat surfaces, people’s poor training techniques, poor foot mechanics, poor shoes and the dreaded increasing age & body mass, etc. Foot & arch pain are some of the most common complaints that sports podiatrists see.
People often complain about arch or heel pain, which is often worse after rest (commonly diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis). Some patients complain of pain at their forefoot, which is often diagnosed as “metatarsalgia”, but this merely refers to altered sensation in the metatarsals, so it isn’t really a definitive diagnosis.
The feet are engineered to absorb shock, adapt to changes in terrain and spring you forward in a fluid manner. However, some people’s feet are not engineered in an ideal manner and that is where experienced sports podiatrists are beneficial.
What Causes Foot & Arch Pain?
This broad question would take many pages to answer as there are many singular and multi-factorial causes of foot & arch pain.
As stated above, it can be the modern world’s hard & flat surfaces or poor training methods or ageing feet or overused muscles and tendons, etc. or it could be a fracture to one of the 26 bones in each foot.
The best way to assess the cause of your foot & arch pain is to seek expert help such as that of a Sports Podiatrist in Sydney.
Foot & Arch Pain Treatment
Firstly, you should get a diagnosis of to ensure that you get the right treatment. Too many times, people treat themselves via searching the internet or by discussing with friends, only to find out from an expert that they had a totally different condition.
There are a variety of treatment options for foot & arch pain that include –
- RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
- If the complaint is muscular, sometimes massaging the affected area is indicated, however in some situations, massage is not advised – seek expert advice before massaging your sore muscles.
- Stretching and strengthening the muscles and tendons.
- Improved footwear – sometimes a new pair of shoes can solve your foot & arch pain.
- If there are biomechanical anomalies such as excessive pronation or “flat feet” shoe inserts known as orthotics may be needed. These can vary from “off the shelf” supports to custom made. Click to watch videos on sports orthotics or for tips to help choose running shoes.
As you can see, treatment is varied and really depends on the condition, so before you embark on a treatment plan, you should seek the guidance of an experience sports podiatrist.
The Sydney podiatrists at Orthotic Solutions Podiatry clinics have the experience to help you relieve your foot and arch pain.
In the event that custom made orthotics are required, our custom orthotics carry a 4 year warranty on the polypropylene shells. We also provide free reviews and adjustments for the first 12 months after the initial fitting.
If you feel that you have foot or arch pain and need assistance give Orthotic Solutions Podiatry a call today on 1300 1 2 FEET or book online via the tab on our website.