12 May Painful Heel and Arch
A painful arch and a burning sensation in the heel can make it almost impossible for a person to stand or walk. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should consult a podiatrist immediately before it gets worse.
Your Foot Arch
The plantar fascia (strong connective tissues and ligaments) supports your foot arch. The foot arch helps your foot absorb shocks during walking.
When you walk, the plantar fascia tightens like a cable, increasing the arch and shortening the foot to propel you forward. Like many other parts of the body, we don’t notice this function until an injury occurs.
Fallen arches due to injury, or flat feet, can throws your foot’s biomechanical system off-balance and cause abnormal gait and arch pain.
Plantar Fasciitis refers to heel pain caused due to the inflammation of the plantar fascia. This inflammation can be the result of an injury or overuse. Tears in the fascia due to overuse are often seen in people with plantar fascia degeneration, athletes with previous tears, or older people.
Plantar fasciosis refers to a non-inflamed type of plantar fasciopathy. Arch pain is caused due to repetitive stress, wearing down the fascia. When left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis leads to plantar fasciosis.
If plantar fasciopathy is left untreated, the arch continues to be subject to excessive stress. Without support, a heel spur (extra bone growth on the heel) may develop. As the heel spur develops, you suffer even more pain.
High risk groups
Athletes, runners and dancers, and people in occupations that require long hours of standing and walking are more likely to suffer from arch-related pain and other symptoms.
Painful arch and heel often happen to people with a sedentary lifestyle when they have a sudden increase in their activity level.
Women, who frequently wear high-heels or have high or low arches in the feet, or have tight calf muscles or a tight Achilles tendon (the tendon that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone) are more likely to be affected.
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