Why Do I Have Arch Pain?

How your podiatrist in Fort Walton and Crestview, FL, can help with arch pain

When you have arch pain, the constant stabbing pain and throbbing can keep you on the couch. Fortunately, your podiatrist is an expert at determining the cause and treating your arch pain. Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi at Emerald coast Podiatry provides a wide range of foot and ankle services, including treatment of arch pain. He has two convenient office locations in Fort Walton, and Crestview, FL.

Arch pain is a common problem, and there are a few causes, including:

  • Flat feet
  • Foot trauma due to an accident
  • Foot strain due to a sports injury
  • Strained tendons, ligaments, or muscles
  • Poor foot alignment
  • Stress fractures

One of the most common causes of arch pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel.

You are at increased risk of developing arch pain if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Are pregnant
  • Are overweight
  • Wear tight shoes or high heels
  • Do high impact activities like running

For mild arch pain, you can try a few home remedies like these:

  • Elevate your feet to relieve pressure
  • Place an ice pack on your foot for 15 minutes several times each day
  • Wrap your foot in supportive bandages to reduce swelling
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications

For severe arch pain, it’s best to see your podiatrist. Professional treatments for arch pain include:

  • Custom-fit orthotics
  • Prescription medications to reduce swelling
  • Arch stretches to improve flexibility
  • Physical therapy exercises to improve mobility and strength
  • Lifestyle and activity modifications

You don’t have to be sidelined with arch pain. Your podiatrist can help you get relief. To find out more about the causes and treatment of arch pain, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi at Emerald coast Podiatry. 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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