Managing Your Arch Pain

Find out more about arch pain and how to treat this problem if it happens to you.

Arches stabilize your foot during movement and absorb some of the shock and stress placed on your feet throughout the day. So whether you are preparing for a marathon or trying to get your 10k steps in a day, it’s not surprising that many people are turning to our Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, podiatrists Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel for arch pain treatment.

What Causes Arch Pain?

If you are a runner, participate in high-impact sports (e.g., CrossFit) or are on your feet most of the day, overuse is often a common cause of arch pain. Being overweight or obese can also increase your risk for arch pain. You may also be prone to arch pain if you are an older adult, have flat feet or if you pronate (when feet roll inwards as you walk). 

Does Arch Pain Require Treatment?

If you are dealing with foot pain, the last thing you should do is ignore it. Arch pain is often a sign that too much stress is being placed on the bones, muscles and tendons of the feet. If the problem is left untreated, it could lead to additional problems such as bunions, knee and back pain, hammertoes, stress fractures and Achilles tendonitis. You should turn to our Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Niceville, FL, team if you are dealing with arch pain that doesn’t go away in a day or two. 

How Is Arch Pain Treated?

A lot will depend on the cause of your arch pain, but Dr. Ricciardi, Dr. Patel and their team will determine the best options for you based on your diagnosis. Standard treatment options for arch pain include, 

  • Wearing custom orthotics to help stabilize the arch and the heel of the foot to reduce the amount of stress being placed on these areas 
  • Performing doctor-recommended exercises to strengthen the muscles of the feet, which can prevent further injury or problems in the future
  • Wearing arch supports to provide further support and cushioning for tender, sore arches 
  • Wearing shoes that also offer ample support for your day-to-day activities, whether you stand a lot for work or you are an athlete 
  • Applying an ice pack or rolling a bottle of frozen water under the arches of your feet to alleviate pain and swelling 

If you are dealing with arch pain that isn’t responding to home care, you owe it to yourself to turn to our Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Niceville, FL, podiatrist for answers. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ricciardi or Dr. Patel, call Emerald Coast Podiatry at the Fort Walton office at (850) 862-4119 or the Crestview office at (850) 682-6522.

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