Sometimes people can be funny about what compels them to treat their pain. If they’ve got a headache, they might feel perfectly fine about taking some medication or lying down for a nap. And if they see they’ve got a swollen finger, it’s pretty likely they’ll take action to see a doctor and get it fixed right away.
But if it’s a nagging pain in the foot, something like pain along the arch, sometimes people can be slow to act. Maybe they think foot pain is a normal part of the aging process. Maybe, since it’s hidden underneath the skin, and not actually visible, they can pretend it’s not really there. It’s only when soreness and throbbing becomes a constant pain that WILL NOT be ignored that a person will call the doctor.
And by then, the problem may be much, much harder to treat.
Reasons for arch pain
Let’s take a look at that example of “invisible” pain along your arch. If your arch hurts, it might be an inflammation of the tissue that connects your toes to the back of your heel – the plantar fascia. This tissue supports the arch of your foot as well. The plantar fascia can become inflamed from
- those extra pounds you’ve put on
- some kind of injury or trauma
- unsupportive shoes.
Another reason for arch pain is a condition known as flatfoot. When you have flat feet, the arch of your foot is either very minimal or completely missing. Some people can have flat feet for many years without a problem. Others do eventually develop pain.
No shortage of treatments
Fortunately, lots of help exists for people with arch pain. Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland have many years of experience treating arch problems in their Cuyahoga County patients.
When you make an appointment with us, we’ll begin by taking a complete health history and performing a foot examination. Depending on the reason behind your arch pain and how long it’s been going on, simple ice and rest might be all you need to resolve the pain. If you’ve waited a long time before calling a podiatrist, you may need custom orthotics or foot braces to add the proper support, or physical therapy to restore the arch to full functioning.
Don’t put off treatment for arch pain. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online.