The arches of your feet work hard every day absorbing the stress of your walking and running, stabilizing your body while you stand, and helping your body adapt to uneven surfaces. With all this hard work, it is not a surprise that foot arch pain is a common complaint. Foot arch pain can have many causes, including injuries, overuse and excess activity. If you are suffering from foot arch pain, you need to know that it is not a normal part of aging. Don’t accept chronic pain and do something about it.
Fortunately, there are many low-tech, noninvasive steps you can take to reduce foot arch pain:
- Lose weight: Losing weight reduces the load your feet carry around daily, reducing wear and tear on your joints, tendons and soft tissue.
- Ditch the high heels: Reducing or eliminating the time you spend in your high heels can alleviate foot arch pain quickly.
- Choose the right shoes for exercise: These shoes need to be supportive and comfortable.
- Strengthen your muscles: There are stretches and exercises you can do to improve the strength and range of motion of the muscles and tendons of your feet.
- Cold therapy: Icing and other cold therapy will improve symptoms.
There are also medical devices available that can help with your foot arch pain. Custom orthotics are one of the most effective methods for reducing pain because they are fitted to your specific needs after a careful analysis of your anatomy and your gait. Arch supports can also offer you relief, particularly if you have flat feet or low arches. To find out more, give us a call today!