What To Do if You Have Arch Pain

Arch pain is a common problem, and you don’t have to be an athlete to experience it. Aging, chronic diseases like diabetes or arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and fallen arches can all cause arch pain. Your podiatrist can determine what is causing your arch pain and deliver treatment to help you heal.

Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry provides comprehensive foot and ankle services, including treatment of arch pain. He has two convenient locations in Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, to help you and your feet feel better. 

What You Need to Know about Arch Pain 

There are a few factors which can increase your risk of developing arch pain, including: 

  • Carrying excess weight 
  • Having flat feet 
  • Being older 
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time 
  • Wearing unsupportive shoes or going barefoot 
  • Running, jogging, or participating in other activities with a high amount of foot stress 

Arch pain can also be caused by some medical conditions, including: 

  • Diabetes 
  • Arthritis 
  • Plantar fasciitis 

If you are experiencing mild, occasional arch pain, you can try a few simple home remedies like these: 

  • Gently stretching your arches several times daily 
  • Resting and elevating your feet to take weight off your arches 

For moderate to severe consistent arch pain, you should visit your podiatrist. Common professional treatments for arch pain include: 

  • Wearing custom orthotics to help with arch support 
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications 
  • Physical therapy and stretching to maintain flexibility  
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy or ESWT for plantar fasciitis 

Want to Know More? 

You don’t have to put up with the frustration of arch pain. Help is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes and treatment of arch pain, call Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry. Call (850) 862-4119 to reach our Fort Walton Beach offices and (850) 682-6522 for our Crestview office.

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