Common Causes of Arch Pain

by | Nov 12, 2015

Whether done for hunting or sport, archery is an activity that appeals to millions of Americans. A piece on nymag.com discusses the increasing popularity of this hobby in our borough. Here in New York, those interested in taking lessons or purchasing equipment have options, including Gotham Archery and Hidden Gems Archery. The essential piece of equipment (besides arrows) is the bow. This type of structure is also essential in your feet: your bones and plantar facsia form a sort of “bow” that can cause arch pain when the tissues are damaged.

When we look at the anatomy of the foot, the plantar fascia acts a lot like a bowstring. This tough, fibrous band of tissue endures a tremendous amount of force when the foot bones move during the walking cycle, much like a bowstring that is drawn back and ready to shoot an arrow.

When the tension on the plantar fascia is too great, though, it leads to tiny tears in the tissue. As the fascia is repeatedly stretched and additional tears appear, pain and inflammation can develop in a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Most people associate this with heel pain, but the condition also affects the arch area as well.

A contributing factor to this problem is excessive pronation. When present in a natural range, this slight inward rolling of the foot is a useful biomechanical process that helps the foot handle the forces that accompany walking and running in an equitable manner. Feet that overpronate roll in beyond the typical 15 percent and lead to this common overuse injury.

In addition to plantar fasciitis, another cause of painful arches is posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction (PTTD). This tendon also helps to support the arch, but can be weakened from excessive activity or the wear and tear caused by aging.

No matter what is causing your arch pain, put it to rest with the help of Brook Valley Podiatry. We can assess your condition, create an effective treatment plan, and provide the care necessary for you to get back to your favorite activities. Contact our Spring Valley office at (845) 352-0757 for more information. You can also schedule an appointment online today.

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