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Our feet are a really important area of our bodies. The feet take the entire weight of the body, so they really need to be looked after thoroughly. Often the feet don't get the necessary care due to many reasons, a few of which are reasons beyond our control. Internal factors like plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, muscle strain and perhaps osteoarthritis may lead to symptoms of pain in the arch of the foot. The most frequent symptom of arch foot pain is a burning sensation beneath the long arch of our foot. The key risk factors for arch foot pain is often running, walking on hard surfaces, and also standing on our feet throughout the day at the job. Other contributing factors could be poor footwear that do not provide suitable support for the foot. Additional common factors behind arch foot pain might be a manifestation of a medical problem. The most frequent cause is plantar fasciitis that is the straining of the plantar ligament which provides support to the arch. One more common cause is tarsal tunnel syndrome which is a squeezed nerve at the medial side of ankle. This pinching of the nerve sends a shooting pain to your arch foot area. Pain in the arch can also result from flat foot or a pronated foot which are a result of structural discrepancies in the foot. You can also get arch foot pain from the common type of osteoarthritis in the midfoot joints area.

Treating arch pain will depend on what caused it. General approaches for this used by podiatrists could be the use of ice at the outset of the pain to lower the amount of inflammation and pain that has been caused. Later on, anti-inflammatory ointments and heat source applications can also be used. Any kind of physical exercise or sports activity which places a strain on the arch foot muscles should be eliminated until it gets better. In case your work involves standing on your feet throughout the day, then you need to seek out alternatives for example performing all of your work sitting down. Sports activities like running and walking should really be changed to minimize the stress. You may want to think about having a go at activities such as going swimming or bicycling until your arch foot pain lowers. The wearing of supporting shoes is often a great option to help the treating of arch foot pain. Your podiatrist may also have some good suggestions and can suggest that you use foot supports.