Pain Arch

Foot Pain Relief at Home.

Do you have foot pain in the morning, after or while walking, after sitting, sleeping or running and searching for foot pain relief at homec Plantar fasciitis, with which you are affected, is a common condition of foot pain.

Don't bother; foot pain relief can be got at home by using simple and natural home treatments. For selecting appropriate treatment , the sufferer should understand the symptoms, causes and diagnosis of plantar fasciitis.

Intolerable foot pain, pain in the arch of foot, in the ball of foot, in the heel of foot and in the high arch are the symptoms that arise from causes such as stress on the heel, some form of arthritis, tendency of the foot to roll inward upon walking, wearing incorrect shoes and age-related loss of resiliency in the ligaments. Diagnosis is done with medical history and physical examination.

Take as much rest as possible to allow the inflammation to cool down. Apply ice over the affected area a few times a day to reduce inflammation. Insert an over-the- counter arch support and heel support cushion in to the shoe to reduce pain. Take over-the- counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce pain and inflammation .

You can also do stretching exercises to get foot pain relief at home.Wear night splints to keep the heel stretched out when you sleep. If you know how to allow nature to cure this ailment you can use these treatments. For fast cure use professionally designed methods.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    After arch pain in my left foot for a month now, I was rubbing it and found a bump on the tendon.Help anybody?
    The bump is about the size of a pea and it hurts more to touch it. There is no swelling or redness, just uncomfortable arch pain at the highest part of the arch. I would appreciate if anybody could lead me in the right direction as to where to go from here. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I disagree with the other answer. Lumps are not suppose to be there, nor is pain. Since it's been hurting for a month, there is definitely something wrong. Go see your doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I stop arch pain while running/ walking?
    Whenever I walk at a fast pace or try to run while working out i get a sharp throbbing pain in the arch of my right foot. I love to go for long walks and would like to be able to run to get in shape but the pain is too much. Is there anything I can do before work outs to eliminate the pain, do i wrap it, or do i use some type of insert?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have high arches/no arches? If you have either of these it causes your feet to overpronate or underpronate dependent upon which one you have. You should get that checked and get shoes accordingly because that would be the best bet. There are inserts, but nothing takes care of pain in the foot from exercise like good shoes meant for your feet. Also, if your shoes are older, that can cause a problem.

      In the meantime you probably are suffering from what is known as plantar fascitis. It's the irritation and swelling of a tissue in the bottom of your foot. The best bet in the short term would to use a cold can of soda or any cold can (you can put something in the fridge or freezer you don't care about) and roll it with your feet on the ground. That works best for the short term. For the long term, like I said, get those arches figured out and get the right shoes for them.

      Here's a website on plantar fascitis, what is is, what usually causes it, etc.
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/plantar-fasciitis-topic-overview

  3. QUESTION:
    what is a good home remedy for arch pain?
    i have pretty bad pain in the arches of my feet, but definitley more severe in my right foot. my arches are on the low side, i know that much and i am planning on eventually getting to a doctor. but do you know of any good home remedies that could help for some temporary relief? the pain is pretty bad right now. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ice and elevation are helpful, and dependent on the cause of the arch pain, stretches can be helpful. If you have flattening of the arch you might benefit from arch support. There are also exercises whcih can help redevelop the arch if not due to tarsal coalition.

  4. QUESTION:
    Are there any stretches or exercises to prevent pain the arch of the foot during running?
    I took up running about 7 weeks ago. I invested in a good pair of running shoes when I started and do stretches before and after. However, I often get a pain in the arch of my foot during the run. Does this happen to anyone else and can anyone recommend any warm-ups that can prevent this?
    I am not flat footed.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like possibly, Plantar Fasciatis:
      Heel and arch pain is usually the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. This increased stress causes local inflammation and pain. The most common cause of this increased stress is a condition where the inside arch of the foot flattens more than it should (often known as "over-pronation"). When the arch of the foot flattens, it also gets longer-causing a stretch on the plantar fascia.

      To relieve pain, ice your foot 10-15minutes 3X/day. Do some strengthening exercises:
      http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-288--11482-0,00.html
      Perhaps you may need some extra support for your arches, get a consultation with a podiatrist.

      Good luck. :)

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you stop arch pain while swimming with pointed toes?
    After swimming for @ 10 minutes - doing the crawl - I get sharp pains in the arches of my feet. As soon as I stop pointing my toes, the pain(cramp) disappears. HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      hi, this mean your nerve system lacking of supplement take some vitamin B Complex and massage your leg with baby oil before you hit the water to make the circulation of the blood warming your leg and not get cramp afterwards best of luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone experienced pain in arch of foot while walking?
    I walk anywhere from 35-50 minutes everday. I am flatfooted. Lately I've been experiencing a throbbing pain in one of my feet where the arch should be. Any idea or suggestions on what to do. I just went out today and bought an arch support for my shoes, but not sure what else to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Arch support is a good start; you can also do some exercises as described in the link below. 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 on exercises to relieve plantar fasciitis, please read link below.

  7. QUESTION:
    Severe arch pain when doing standing calf raises?
    Whenever I do standing calf raises on a machine I experience sever arch pain 6-8 reps into the set. I'd like to know how to stop this pain from occurring as it's interfering with my workouts.

    • ANSWER:
      The reason you're getting arch pain is probably related to your plantar fascia tendon. It runs down the middle of your foot connecting just behind your heel and spreading out under your metatarsals where it connects just behind your toes. This tendon is responsible for baring the entire weight of your body. Now when you throw in a lifting routine that involves isolating your calf muscles, you inadvertantly isolate this tendon forcing it to bare more weight. The pain you're feeling is probably the beginning stages of some plantar fasciitis. And trust me, you do not want it. I've experienced it personally.

      So thats the science behind what's happening, here's how to fix it. First, check your shoes. You MUST have a shoe that is rigid in the "shank" (that's the part of the shoe directly underneath your arch in the midsole). To test this, flip your shoe upside-down with the sole facing up and try to bend it in half. If it folds like a soft hot dog: Bad News (If this is the case then take the shoe back to the place you bought it and slap the guy who sold it to you with your shoe, because he was an idiot). If it is stiff as a board under the arch section and only wants to bend up in the ball of the foot: Great! The shoe is supporting your foot properly! If you have to, buy a new shoe that passes this test because it will save you years of excruciating pain down the road (speaking from personal/professional experience).

      If your shoe passes the test and you're still getting the pain, then you're gonna have to go with some insoles. A lot of times a good bargain if you have to buy new shoes and money is an issue, is a combo between a lower priced shoe (or one on sale) and a decent insole. The insoles in any shoe are crap (the average insole costs a company about 2 cents to make!). Get a heat activated insole that form fits to your foot and almost feels "too supportive." Basically, instead of your plantar fascia tendon doing all the work, the insole is. Giving your arch and tendon a break. Therefore, no fatigue and no pain midway through your set.

      There are also specific stretches and warm ups to do to help your arches out that take about 60 seconds a piece that are great to do between reps. I'll check back later if you wanna know more. You can definitely check out this website to get some answers in this area: www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/plantar-fasciitis.php. It covers all the basics you need to know. READ IT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

      Sorry this was long. Hope it works out for the best though.

      Taylor

  8. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of arch pain today? cant even walk.?
    Is there any way to get rid of this pain I'm getting in the arch of my foot? It hurts so bad I can't even walk.. I just started getting this last night after getting back from a car show where the ground was uneven and the were a number of big rocks I steped on by accident. Could that have cause this? Well I just need to get rid of it because I have to go to work at 4 today and I can't even walk..

    • ANSWER:
      the muscle under your foot must have tightened up and you have to free that up to get rid of the pain and here's how to do that:
      with your foot in your lap place your fingers side by side at the back of the arch right in front of the heel and press in hard and hold. Now relax your body by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your toes up for another 30 seconds. If it was this muscle the pain will be gone.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I stop arch and calf pain when I run?
    I have flat feetand very tense Achilles tendons, but everytime before I run, I stretch my calf/ Achilles tendon and I always wear very supportive running shoes. The arches of my feet still hurt! So does the Achilles tendon/ lower calf area. I stopped running for 2 days maybe so they could recooperate. How do I stop the arch/tendon pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Stretch out more will help

  10. QUESTION:
    Which brand of pointe shoes is reccomended for high arches experiencing pain in the arch?
    I am having pain in my arch with bloch shoes and it is cutting back my ability immensely!!
    OOh Im told not to do capezio because my feet are too strong. I have an hour of ballet then right after hour of pointe :)

    • ANSWER:
      See, bloch shoes worked so much better for me than Capezios!

      But this is why there are so many pointe shoes - because there are so many different types of feet! :)

      Your best bet is to get fitted for the right shoe by your teacher, or go to a professional (many can be found at a reputable dance supply store, they often provide shoe fittings for free!)

      But if that option is not right for you, here are some links that were VERY helpful to me when finding the shoe for my foot!

      - http://www15.plala.or.jp/miagolare/Eng_Fitting_Chart.html
      - http://www.getthepointe.com/dwear_ptsh_fit.html
      - http://www.angelfire.com/oh2/chezsarah/guide.html
      - http://www.parkenet.org/jp/ttp06.htm

      Hope you find the perfect shoe for you! :)

  11. QUESTION:
    What causes a burning stabbing pain on the arch of your foot?
    About 3 months ago I started to experience a burning pain on the bottom of my foot by my arch which would radiate up to the side of the inside of my foot. I have to wear safety shoes at work. I also started hitting my tread mill pretty hard, trying to lose weight.

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. A burning sensation on the soles of your feet can arise from any number of causes, from ill-fitting shoes to diabetes. The most serious cause is peripheral neuropathy--damage to the leg nerves--often from diabetes or alcoholism and less commonly from vitamin deficiencies or lead poisoning. A rare disorder called erythromelalgia increases blood flow to the hands and feet and can also produce a searing sensation.
      Some people experience fiery feet because they're sensitive to a chemical in the inner lining of their shoes (particularly some types of athletic shoes). Try changing your footgear to see if the problem subsides. If not, see your doctor to rule out medical causes. I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I stop the pain in the arch of my foot?
    I have a high arch in my feet, and it causes a lot of pain in my feet lately when I walk more then a few blocks. It is especially painful in my right foot.

    Is there anything I can do to help ease the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      try bathing them in hot water to loosen up the muscles and then rolling your foot backwards and forwards on a glass bottle to massage the sole of the foot

  13. QUESTION:
    What to do if I have pain in the arch of my foot?
    A little over a week ago, the arch of my left foot has started to ache and cause pain when I walk, run, or stand for long periods of time. I have never felt this sensation before; could it be a "fallen arch". I have just wrapped up a track season so could that have something to do with it? I'm pretty sure the type of shoes I wear don't have anything to do with it. Any suggestions on what it is and what I can do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a "fallen arch", could be plantar fascitis. I would recommend going to see an orthopedic doctor who can properly diagnose the problem better than any other doctor. Either way it seems like physical therapy is a good treatment option for you.

  14. QUESTION:
    Pain in the arch of only my left foot after a day of walking?
    After a long day of walking, the arch of ONLY my left foot is painful. This happens after any exercise that's out of regular walking during the day (after the gym, after a full day walking around at the zoo or park, etc.). My right foot is never effected, nor my knees, ankles or hips. What could be the cause of the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like plantar fasciitis. For the next two weeks wear stable shoes at all times. Don't go barefoot - even in the house. Wear a good arch support like superfeet. Ice three times per day. If not better in three weeks, see a podiatrist. More information is available here: http://footankle.com/heel-arch-pain2.htm

  15. QUESTION:
    Why do I get pain in the arch of my foot when I wear flats?
    Whenever I wear flats I seem to get this pain in the arch of my foot. I feel it when I'm walking and all my weight is on the ball of my foot. It feels like the arch of my foot is being stretched to the point of pain.

    It doesn't bother me TOO much, but I was just curious if someone could pin point why exactly my feet don't like flat shoes.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      *You need a good arch support in the shoes.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is causing this pain in the arch of my left foot ?
    Yesterday at noon, I ran 30 minutes on the treadmill followed by bicylcing for 15 minutes. Later in the afternoon around 4 or 5, I started feeling pain in the arch of my left foot. I think the pain increased while I was sitting on thr chair doing my homework for 3-4 hours. Today when I woke up, I still have the pain in the same location. Should I be worried ? Is it something serious?

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to visit http://www.bonespur.com to help you determine if you might be suffering from a bone spur in your left foot.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why do I always have pain in my arch when sitting or laying in bed?
    Every time I sit still or lay in bed I get a sharp pain along the arch of my foot. It feels almost like a cramp, but it isn't because when I try to stretch and massage the cramp out it only feels worse. Applying pressure and rubbing makes the pain worse. I never notice the pain when I'm walking or standing. Only when I'm sitting, laying in bed, or stretching my foot out. Can anyone help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds almost like a stress fracture? I would try icing and wrapping it. If it continues to be bothersome see your dr. It could also be a number of other things like Osteomyelitis or issues with your neves. Good luck to you hope this helped.

  18. QUESTION:
    Pain on the arch of my foot when running?
    For the last 2 weeks, each time I play basketball I've had a burning sensation/pain on the arch of my left foot. I've tried different shoes, none of which alleviate the pain. I also have custom insoles that I got a while ago and those don't seem to do the work either.

    Any ways to remedy the problem? Would taping my ankle/arch of my foot do anything?

    • ANSWER:
      I've experienced the same problem with running. My track coach said he did as well and it was because his calves were too tight. So I would say to stretch your calves at least once a day for 30 secs on each leg. The best way to stretch you calves is to lean against a wall and straiten out your body while keeping your feet flat against the ground. Keep you butt in and lock your knees, and keep bending at your ankle until you can feel a good stretch. Hold it for at least 30 seconds. Do the same thing except with your butt pushed out and your knees slightly bent.

  19. QUESTION:
    Sometimes I get severe pain in the arch of my foot?
    Once in a while, while sitting down, I just get a severe pain in the arch of my foot, which last for maybe 5-10 seconds then goes away. It kinda feels like, hypothetically if there was a tendon in your arch, that the tendon is contracting severely. Thats just the type of sensation i get. It can occur in either foot but never at the same time in both feet, and never while im walking or anything.

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      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 link below.

  20. QUESTION:
    I run track but lately i have been having a bad pain in the arch of only one of my feet. What's wrong?
    I'm 16 years old and i run track (my first year but i play field hockey) i'm in really good shape but lately the arch of my foot has really been hurting me. It's only in my left foot and it feels like something is going to tear when i walk. It's extremely painful and i feel like when i run at practice i'm making it worse. I exercised the idea that it could possibly be my shoes but the pain is only in one foot. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      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 link below.

  21. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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 link below.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have contant arch pain in my right foot when i take my shoes off. what can i do?
    Im a hair stylist and im on my feet a lot when i take my shoes off my right arch makes me limp it hurts so much. the pain is a sore pain not sharp.

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  23. QUESTION:
    I get a sharp pain in the arch of my foot and it last for like a minute ?
    It happens mostly in my right foot..
    when it happens a round bump shows up on the arch of my foot and as thats happening a sharp pain is shooting into the arch as well..
    i dont know if its just when i move my foot a certain way or what.
    anybody have any suggestions of what to do.. or what this might be ?
    Thanks
    The only thing i drink is water..
    i quit soda last september.

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  24. QUESTION:
    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.

    • ANSWER:
      You may be experiencing plantar fascitis.

  25. QUESTION:
    When I walk the there is a pain in the arch and heel area of my left foot, whats wrong?
    I jumped off the bus today and I landed on my left foot really wierdly and now when I walk there is a pain in the arch and heel area of my left foot and I can hardly walk now.
    What is wrong with it?

    • ANSWER:
      There's a sheet of muscle that stretches through the arch and over the heel called the plantar fascia (?) and it can be very painful. You probably overstretched it. Try ice and massages and if doesn't go away see a physio.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have a pain in the arch of my foot; what could it be?
    I get this pain in the arch of my foot, does anyone know what it is? The pain isn't constant, it just comes out of no where whether I am walking, standing, or sitting. When the pain does occur it happens in quick bursts, it will hurt for a couple seconds then there will be no pain for a couple seconds (the times vary, but the intervals or no more than 10 seconds). These quick intervals of pain only last up to 10 minutes at a time, and it happens 1 - 3 times a day. If you know what it is or anything I can do to reduce the pain then post your answer. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      could be plantar facitist (sp?). Where the ligament in the arch of your foot is too tight...the pain is like someone stabbing a knife into the middle of your foot...sound familiar?

      There are stretches you can look up online and brace type supports you can wear to stretch the ligament so you won't get the pain.

      hope that helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    Pain in the arch of my foot after running?
    I leave for Marine Corps bootcamp in 2 days, and I just got over my shin splints. However, after running I noticed I had some pain in the arch of my right foot, I use arch support insoles, but I can't bring these to bootcamp. Is there anyway I can relieve this pain, any quick fixes?

    Thanks for any input,

    Scott

    • ANSWER:
      It's called plantar fasciitis. It is likely the result of overtraining. The only cure is rest, calf stretching can help though.

      Why can't you take your custom insoles on basic training? I used mine when I did basic training (I am Canadian though).

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I elevate my arch pain?
    When I wake up in the morning the bottom of my left foot, right in the arch area, aches. It doesn't hurt so much where I can't walk and it does go away after awhile. But it does hurt enough to cause me discomfort and worry a little. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can wake up with "happy feet"?

    • ANSWER:
      This may not be the answer you are looking for, but what size bed do you sleep in? I find that when I sleep in a full or twin size bed, I wake up with the same problem, except not only to my arches hurt, but also my knees, calves, thighs. I believe it is from being scrunched up all night. Getting a bigger bed and allowing yourself room to expand might help.

  29. QUESTION:
    What type of tennis shoe should I buy for arch pain during exercise?
    my foot arches hurt when I exercise, especially towards the beggining when I"m most excited about the workout. I'm getting some skechers (because I have a gift card) which type of tennis shoe should I get? Thanks for your suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't go to a department store for it, and if you can, don't get sketchers. See a professional like a doctor or go to a running store. They will look at your arches and suggest a shoe type. If you must get sketchers, ask for a suggestion for an insert.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a sharp pain in the arch of my foot near the ball of my foot?
    I'm a dancer and sometimes I get cramps in the arch of my foot or whatever and I can normally work those out. but now I have a sharp pain in the arch and I can't work it out. it feels like a nail being pushed into my foot. what is it or how could I fix this? and could you explain the injury?

    • ANSWER:
      You have plantar fasciitis. You need to see a foot specialist for this. They can treat it with injections and sometimes they will need to do surgery to fix it. I had this and the surgery really really hurts for a long time so I hope they will be able to help you without the surgery. Good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    Can new running shoes fix your arch injury/pain?
    I had been using these Nike shoes that started falling apart after 6 months of trail running. Then I suddenly began having sharp pain in my arch. It would hurt all the time.

    Then I switched to these new shoes and the arch pain is pretty much all gone.

    So was it the shoes?

    • ANSWER:
      What are the new shoes? I'm a big believer in minimalistic shoes will help strengthen your feet and heel them.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have an intense shooting pain in the arch of my foot?
    The pain just began a few days ago and seems to be shooting upward through the arch on my left foot. I've heard people say it may be a tight muscle and to stretch it and it'll go away. It feels to me like it is getting worse. The pain now goes about 4 inches above my ankle. I'm not overweight and can't think of much I've done differently that could've caused this. any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      my boyfriend had the same thing and his foot would randomly crack at sometimes. He went to a specialist and turns out that he had a partial collapsed arch. There are special shoes that you can get. But for now I would go with a nice comfy new insole from like doctor scholls or something until you can ask the doctor about it.

      (only difference of course is that he's on his feet very long hours at the restaurant)

  33. QUESTION:
    why am I having pain in the arch of my foot?
    Hi everyone, I'm a 17 year old guy, and as of today I started having intense pain in the arch of my foot while on a run. I was jump roping yesterday and ever since then my foot has been hurting. It went away for part of the day today but just came back 10x worse while I was on a run. Any advice? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a doctor.

      You probably have a strain of the plantar fascia (the tough band of tissue that supports the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes).

      A couple of questions..

      Is the pain far worse in the mornings? pain is usually worse in the morning because the fascia tightens overnight.

      When you were jumping rope did you come down flat footed? If you came down flat it may have put increased stress on your plantar fascia causing the strain.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why do I have pain in the arch of my foot?
    Dislocated my knee a year ago. Limped around for about 3 months until it healed. Did heal fine finally. Ever since, I get a pain in the arch of my foot whenver I walk too fast or too far. If I amble around slowly, no problem. If I walk faster or for a longer time, then I get a burning/stretching pain in the arch of my foot. If I stop walking & stand still, it stops hurting within a few seconds. Any ideas???

    • ANSWER:
      You may have slightly torn your Plantar Faciitis.
      At my work, I have to stand for 6+ hours, and one day I dropped something and bent to get it, and i got a stabbing pain in my arch.
      I went to a foot doctor (the correct word completely slipped my mind right now), and that's what happened. Buy some inserts to put in your shoes and wear them for a bit. Ice your foot for 20 minutes every night. While icing it, don't take your foot off, the goal is to numb it. It will hurt a bit, but you'll be fine :)
      Try stretching it a bit too.

      If you want a professional answer, I stroooongly suggest going to an actual foot doctor to get the best answer.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is causing the pain in the arch of my foot?
    I ran/walked 5 miles 5 days ago. Since then, the arch of my foot has been hurting at all of my X-C practices. I had a meet today, and it hurt so much after I decided to do something about it. Earlier in the week, I asked my coach and he told me to roll my foot over a tennis ball, which hasn't helped much. It only hurts when I put weight on the ball/toes of my foot. What is causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      your coach is probably right.

      it sounds like the tendons in the arches of your foot are too tight. Rolling your foot on a tennis ball is supposed to loosen and relax the muscles. If you are having a lot of trouble from this, it could be caused by how your feet are landing when you run. (pronation, ect) You could get your feet scanned at a running store to find out about that. Your doctor could probably help to.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have pain on the outside of the arch of my foot. What is it?
    I have pain in my foot every time I step or put weight on it. Its on the outside of the arch. It is not excruciating pain like a sprain or breaking your foot, but it is very uncomfortable.

    I've had it for the past 2 weeks, ever since I was playing soccer. I've wrapped in a bandage, but that didn't help.

    Any suggestions as to what might have happened and what I can do? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need an xray. Even though you seem to think otherwise, you could very well have a stress fracture. Sounds like it to me. They feel more like a pulled muscle than a break.
      Get yourself to the er, your regular dr. or a walk in clinic and get it looked at.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why do I have this arch, ankle, and back of calf pain?
    Yesterday, I was sitting in class and when I got up to go to my next class I felt a terrible pain in my arch. Later, it spread to my ankle and now my calf. It hurts when walking and improves with rest, pain stopping almost immediately with rest. I don't believe that I did anything to it at the time, however, I went running (which I usually don't do) about a week and a half and six days prior. What is this injury and how should I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be your Achillies tendon , look it up and see if that is right and how to fix it

  38. QUESTION:
    How come whenever I step on the ball of my right foot I sometimes get a sharp pain in the arch of it?
    It usually occurs with hard pressure (during track/running). It feels like something is electrocuting the arch of my foot. Is this a pinched nerve or something and how do I fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like plantar fascitis;; I'm not a doc though, good idea to get it checked;; anyhow, your heal is loaded with muscle tendons & ligaments, & takes our whole weight besides;; the ball of your foot is a nice place for most of these to attach to, including the muscles in your foot itself, when there are high demands, one or a few of those tendons can get inflamed & Whalla!! you've got pain in your foot;; you need to do calf stretches that involve your forefoot too; so lay propped up on your bed, take a belt or something & hook it to your forefoot (beneath toes ) & pull back, hold it for ~ 5-10 seconds & do a few times;; then put a roll under your knee & repeat it, stretch should be just below the last stretch you felt on your calf;; this will also stretch your arch if you remember to place that belt on the forefoot & not on your arch;;; then, this is going to hurt... take your heel & with your finger or thumb dig & knead into the center of the ball of your foot, right in the middle, it's going to be very tender, but do it anyway, then massage your arch perpendicular to the length of your foot (middle to sides);; MOST IMPORTANT calf stretches before track, good running shoes with ARCH SUPPORTS!!! & any time of the day, repeatedly scrunch & expand your toes.. Hope it helps but it takes time, especially if you keep reinjuring yourself!! Try not to walk on your toes, & relax your foot while you drive (if you drive);; these are areas prone to exaggerate this, like track without arch supports.
      Could be a heel spur

  39. QUESTION:
    Why do I get a sharp pain in the arch of my foot?
    I can be sitting down and then get up and walk and get a sharp pain in the arch of my foot. More on the side. What is wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Sometime it happends to anyone . But if this is happening to you freqvently i think you should go to the Doctor it can be an problem with the tendon.

  40. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      im having the same problem... the middle of my right foot to the pinkytoe side hurts.

  41. QUESTION:
    Random Pain in Arch of Right Foot What is It?
    Its a random pain that just spurs on me and is painful for like 30 seconds and then ceases. It has been happening like once a day i think it happens when my foot is elevated...

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Strange pain in the arch of my foot?
    I randomly get a strange pain in the arch of my left foot. This has been happening for about a week now. Any ideas on what it is?

    Other helpful info (maybe):
    I'm 16
    I wear heals when I work, but I haven't worn them in at least a month.
    The pain is in the front of the arch, closer to my toes then the heel.

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  43. QUESTION:
    What can you do with arch pain besides stretching?
    My foot hurts so bad!

    • ANSWER:
      Good tennis shoes that allows lots of support helps a lot. Soft jell inserts are a life saver. forget the 0.00 hard inserts. I don't know of anyone who continues to wear them. What a waste but you'll do weird things when your feet hurt so bad and you have to make a living.
      Inflammatory really do help with the pain and inflammation. stretching was very beneficial to me.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have injured the arch of my foot, now the pain is awful when i walk on it, what do i need to do?
    I have injured the arch of my foot somehow and it hurts alot on the side of the arch in my foot. When i walk the pain is really bad, when pressure is put on it. Now the pain is spreading to my ankle and lower part of my leg. Whats the best advice and also what could have happened? I honestly dont know how it happened?

    • ANSWER:
      Now to something I do know about foot and ankle pain, stretchy support bandage wrap around type (you can put a tube over the top if you wish) but "never ever" sleep with a bandage on! seriously never!

      Crepe bandage start inside of ankle run it under the sole of your foot this will support the arch, then wrapping down towards the foot to finish I prefer tape an tucking the end under. Make this a short as you need if ankle socks are part of your dress, hope that helps.

      Sounds like a stretch or bruising to me, look carefully at your footwear to avoid further injury

  45. QUESTION:
    I have a pain in the arch of my foot what is it?
    I have a pain in my right foot. It is in the arch located about right in the center of it. it hurts when i get up and walk sometimes. I need to know what it is

    • ANSWER:
      I had this problem in college when I was running in shoes without any support. At first they suspected a hairline fracture, so it could be that. Mine turned out to be irritation to the nerves. It was a really sharp pain on top of the foot in the center of the arch that made walking difficult and running impossible. They wanted to prescribe steroids, which they said would promote healing and stop the pain. I feared I might push myself too hard if the pain didn't cause me to limp, so I let it heal by itself. It took a couple of months.

      Not saying for sure that this is what you have, of course.

  46. QUESTION:
    I have unbearable pain between my heel and arch of my foot?
    I stepped on a hard round ball (cat toy) coming down my steps at the bottom. It's been about 3 months and the pain in my heel and arch is unbearable, swells between heel & arch, gets worse as the day goes on (I have no health insurance). Any suggestions by real M.D.s please.

    • ANSWER:
      I had that kind of pain when I broke the top of my foot because I stepped on a curb wrong I guess. I dont really know what happened. But the bottom of your foot makes that bone easier to reach and it is extremely painful. You really should go see a doctor and if you cant, stay off of it for about 2 weeks, keep it elevated, soak the whole foot in ice water for 20 minutes every 2 hours to keep down the swelling and make the bone have an easier time healing. Dont just tell them you cant pay when they bill you unless you want arrested.

  47. QUESTION:
    Random Foot Pain on the inside arch in the mornings?
    Yesterday Morning I woke up with some pain in my left foot around the inside around the arch...i didnt think anything of it so i got up and got dressed and by then the pain seemed to have gone away....but this morning i woke up and i feels slightly more painful and i havent managed to get rid of it. I can star walkin and i barely notice it but when i sit down for a while and then get back up it hurts...any ideas on what mite be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.drewshoe.com/Foot-Conditions.aspx will allow you to read up about plantar facsiatis and other foot conditions it may be. If you feel you have one of these foot conditions i suggest visiting a doctor. In the main time it might be wise to look into some of drewshoes orthopedic shoes. Orthopedic shoes will help reduce a lot of that pain.

  48. QUESTION:
    I dance ballet 4 times a week, and i ive been getting pain in my arch when i do a penchee?
    The penchee here
    is on pointe. Maybe its because i pull my hips back??
    This pain is from right under my big
    toe and it goes further to my heel.
    Thank youu!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like something I am having lately.

      Do you feel like you are pressing down your big toe en pointe doing a penche?

      I really suspect it is because you are not using your ankle and are "cupping" your foot (toes pointed and ankle neutral or even flexed, but not that severe). Make sure you pull up on your supporting leg, keep the knee straight.

  49. QUESTION:
    Foot arch pain never had before?
    I used to be an avid jogger/runner and was in the military. Recently I began running again and I have recently discovered I am getting arch-pain I haven't ran since August of 2011 and I am getting a slight pain in my arches that I never have gotten before. Normally I have ran in all sorts of shoes Vibram Fivefingers, Combat boots. I could run long distances without even having bodily pain at all. Why is this happening all of a sudden?

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  50. QUESTION:
    What should you do if you have pain in both arches for a year, but arch supports make it worse?
    Even good athletic shoes don't help and one doctor said it's plantar fasciitis, but that is supposed to hurt in the heel and be really bad in the morning---neither is true for me. The only thing that helps a little is ice.

    • ANSWER:
      Many times arch supports are more irritating to the arch instead of soothing Because they are basically causing your muscles to move in a different way, so it's like exercise . try going without the supports for a few days and see if that helps the pain.

      I recommend you get a massage especially if you can find a therapist who does reflexology. reflexology is strictly working on the feet and many people have been helped through this technique.