How Your Podiatrist Can Relieve Your Arch Pain

How Your Podiatrist Can Relieve Your Arch Pain

The arch of your foot plays a crucial role in just about anything you do that involves your feet. It's why arch pain is such a common issue for athletes and for those who work on their feet for long periods of time, but everyone can struggle with the condition. Because many different conditions can cause arch pain it's very important to see your Crestview & Fort Walton Beach, FL, podiatrist if you're experiencing discomfort, learn more about your treatment options by getting in contact with Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry.

Common Causes

The arches of your feet absorb the shock of movement and help to stabilize and balance your body. They bear the weight of your entire body and can help you adapt to changes in terrain.

If there are structural problems with your arches, usually because of genetics, they can be aggravated by aging, weight gain, stress, wearing unsupportive shoes, or overuse.

Structural issues usually mean having either high or low arches, which can lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Injuries can also lead to arch pain, anything that affects the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons that make up the arch of your foot.

Arch Pain Treatment in Crestview & Fort Walton Beach, FL

Mild arch pain can sometimes go away on its own but you can reduce inflammation and discomfort by applying ice, compression, and elevating your foot, as well as resting.

But see your podiatrist if the pain worsens instead of improving or if it becomes severe.

As there are many different possible underlying causes for your arch pain there are also different treatment options available. Your doctor may prescribe custom orthotics to provide your arches with the necessary support, but severe and recurring issues may require surgical intervention.

If you struggle with arch pain and live in or near the areas of Crestview & Fort Walton Beach, FL, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry by dialing (850) 862-4119 for the Fort Walton Beach, FL, office and (850) 682-6522 for Crestview, FL.

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