Questions About Foot Pain in the Arch

Donald asks…

any explanation for a sharp pain in arch of my foot?

It usually happens when I'm laying in my bed, one of my arches will hurt very bad, and at random times. I run in high school for the track and cross country teams, but i haven't experienced foot pain when I run. My arches are pretty high if that makes a difference.

footpro answers:

You may be experiencing plantar fascitis.

Nancy asks…

Foot Pains? What does pain in the middle arch of my foot mean?

I have foot pains in the middle of my foot (NOT IN MY HEEL) it's more toward the arch. It hurts when I first get up in the morning, then after being on my foot for about a half hour, it stops hurting. Then after walking for about 2 hours of walking, my foot hurts really, really bad. Do you have any idea what this could mean?

footpro answers:

Plantar fasciitis typically hurts when you first get up, and subsides as it has time to stretch.

Robert asks…

What could the pain in the arch of my foot be?

I was walking the other day and i guess i stepped on my foot weirdly and it started to hurt, i asked my PE teacher and she said i had strained the arch of my foot. The pain comes and goes throughout the day and recently, the pain starts at the arch of my right foot then spreads throughout the bottom of my foot. The pain comes in different amounts. This happened a day ago, what could it be? and how can i cure it?

footpro answers:

The most common cause of arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis involves inflammation of the Plantar Fascia - the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Someone with arch pain usually has inflammation of the tissues within the mid-foot.

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to inflammation, irritation, pain and swelling. Arch pain is more likely to happen when:

-- the feet roll inward too much (over-pronation)
-- walking, standing, or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
-- excess weight
-- tight Achilles tendons and/or calf muscles

Medical studies on foot pain found that a combination of stretching exercises and wearing a standard, off-the-shelf orthotic shoe insert is the most effective way of dealing with arch pain. This treatment regime is also very effective for the treatment of heel pain.

For more information, please read our article "Plantar Fasciitis Explained".

James asks…

Outer arch foot pain when working out?

Why is this happening? How do I stop it? After a while the inner part of my foot hurts a bit too.

What is that part of the foot called? It's the 'muscle' part not any bones.

My shoes are new (not brand new)

They hurt when I walk on the treadmill and bike, but are fine on the elliptical.

footpro answers:

Does it feel like your foot is getting really stretched? It sounds like you may have a pronation problem.

George asks…

I have foot pain in top of foot and arch?

Im a 14 year old basketball player and I have sore pain right behind the ball of my foot in my arch and along the big toe's bone ( not on the toe its self but along the top of my foot). It seems to be re occurring as I can heal it for a couple of days and then when I play again the pain comes back. Any ideas what it is, and possible treatments?

footpro answers:

You might want to visit a podiatrist. It might be as simple as properly fitted orthotics.

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