John R. Senatore, DPM
Podiatry located in Baltimore, MD & Towson, MD
Arch pain affects many people, including athletes – especially runners – but can also affect less active people. At Union Podiatry, John Senatore, DPM, provides treatment for arch pain in patients from Baltimore and Towson, Maryland. Call today to set up an appointment and have your arch pain evaluated or use the online tool to book a visit.
Arch Pain Q & A
What is arch pain?
Your arch is an important part of your foot’s anatomy. It absorbs shock, bears weight, stabilizes your movements, promotes balance, and allows you to adapt to changes in terrain.
Arch pain can show up in the arch of your foot itself. But, the pain doesn’t stay put in the curved part of your foot. It can show up in the ball and heel of the foot or in the top of your foot. Arch pain can also lead to referred pain in your ankles, knees, hips, legs, and back.
You may notice arch pain when you’re standing, walking, running, or jumping. It can be particularly acute when you first step out of bed in the morning.
What causes arch pain?
Arch pain often results from overuse. If you’re an athlete, such as a runner, who doesn’t cross-train regularly or a dancer practicing a similar routine, you’re vulnerable. Increasing your intensity or duration of exercise time on your feet can also cause stress that leads to arch pain.
Other causes of arch pain can be:
- Extra stress from weight gain
- Deterioration of bone and tissue due to aging
- Overpronation in which your foot rolls in excessively while running or walking
- Plantar fasciitis, irritation of the ligament on the bottom of your foot
- Flat feet
- Naturally high arches
Set up an appointment at Union Podiatry if you have recurring or chronic arch pain. Dr. Senatore can help diagnose the cause and develop a customized treatment plan to help you find relief.
What are the treatments for arch pain?
Treatment for arch pain depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Senatore will likely recommend rest, adequate warm-up before activity, and stretching exercises.
He may also prescribe specific types of shoes, customized orthotics, or night splints to support your arch. Extracorporeal shock therapy and AmnioFix® injections can also encourage healing if you have inflammation or scar tissue causing your pain. Topaz® coblation, which encourages tissue healing, is another option to treat arch pain.
If you have arch pain that interferes with your daily activity or exercise, contact Union Podiatry today to set up an appointment. Call the nearest location or request a visit online.