What is Arch Pain?

Arch pain is an inflammation of the arch and oftentimes there is a burning sensation under the long arch of the foot. There are a number of structural causes, but the most common is plantar fasciitis. Arch pain can also be caused by the strain of any structure in the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of arch pain and is from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of tissue along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring that supports the arch in your foot. However, if the tension becomes too great, it causes small tears in the fascia. The repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.


  • Pronated Foot or Flat foot
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis in the joints of the midfoot


Treatment for arch pain is varied depending on the type and severity of pain. Changing the type of footwear is a recommended course of action. In some instances orthotics can help. If the pain persists, contacting a podiatric specialist to diagnose and treat the condition is advisable.


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