10 Aug Arch Disorders
The arches of your feet play a vital role in supporting your entire body when you stand or move. The arch is made up of tarsal and metatarsal bones, with tendons and ligaments supporting it.
If you are experiencing pain in the arches, it is most likely the result of an injury or structural abnormalities in the foot. Both people with very high arches and those with flat feet can experience arch problems.
Other factors that could cause arch problems, include –
- Being overweight or obese
- Plantar fasciitis
- Cavus foot
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
The following foot disorders could also affect the arches of your feet.
Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation and micro tears in the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia (ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes) supports the arches of the feet and inflammation in it can lead to arch pain. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you should avoid strenuous physical activity till the fascia has healed.
This condition results in excessively high arches. People who’ve suffered a stroke, or those with conditions, such as cerebral palsy, may develop Cavus foot. It can lead to arch pain while standing or walking, increasing the risk for ankle injuries. Cavus foot can be treated through custom orthotics, bracing, and supportive footwear.
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)
The posterior tibial tendon extends from your calf to the inside of your foot. Changes in the tendon may affect its ability to support the arches. Treatment for PTTD may include bracing, or providing custom orthotics devices to support the arches of the feet.
If you are experiencing foot pain, swelling or any other symptoms, consult your podiatrist for treatment right away.