Arch pain is a persistent problem for many men and women today, and it can sometimes make it hard to walk or even stand up normally. There are a few possible underlying causes of arch pain, including plantar fasciitis and structural abnormalities. At Bonnie Vader, DPM, PC, in East New York, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Vader can identify the reason for your arch pain and treat it with long-term effects in mind. Reach out online or by phone to get the arch pain relief you need now.

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What is arch pain?

Arch pain is any pain that occurs in your foot arch, which spans the area from your heel to the ball of your foot. Your foot arch has to absorb shock, bear your full body weight, and stabilize your movements, so it’s a common source of pain for many men and women today.

Arch pain is a common problem for athletes, especially distance runners, but can affect anyone, including those with a totally inactive lifestyle. Depending on the reason for your arch pain, you might experience worse pain at certain times of the day or during certain kinds of activities.

What causes arch pain?

Arch pain may stem from many different issues, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis – plantar fascia ligament inflammation
  • Heel spurs – bony hooks growing toward your arch
  • Cavus foot – unusually high arch
  • Overpronation – over-flattening of your arch as you walk

Each of these conditions can have its own underlying cause. For example, plantar fasciitis can stem from obesity or repetitive strain, and Cavus foot can be genetic or neurological in origin.

Finding the cause of arch pain is vital to customizing your treatment. Dr. Vader reviews your medical history and performs a full foot exam to identify the root of the problem. X-rays (available on-site) and other types of imaging are often helpful in the diagnostic process.

How do you treat arch pain?

Arch pain treatment depends on the condition causing it. Dr. Vader emphasizes long-term effects during arch pain treatment. She uses the most conservative approach first, which may include:

  • Rest
  • Braces or splints, like night splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Ice pack application
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid or anti-inflammatory injections

If your arch pain persists after conservative treatments, you may need more aggressive methods, including surgery. Dr. Vader is a very skilled surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. She uses the most advanced techniques and equipment to make sure your procedure is a smooth and easy one.

If your arch pain continues despite initial treatments, more intensive approaches may be necessary, such as advanced non-surgical methods. Dr. Vader, boasting over 25 years of expertise, is highly proficient in employing cutting-edge techniques and equipment to ensure a seamless and comfortable procedure.