Arch Pain – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Heier is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon serving the patients in Carrollton, TX. He is a renowned foot and ankle specialist providing treatment for conditions like Arch Pain, Clubfoot, Turf Toe etc. 

Arch Pain

The foot is comprised of 26 bones which form two arches i.e. a longitudinal and transverse. The former arch runs the length of the foot, and the latter arch runs the width. These arches are also supported and maintained by a sinewy tissue called the plantar fascia. Fat pads present under the ball and sole of the foot help in shock absorption. Any injury or imbalance in these structures may result in Arch Pain.

Causes Of Arch Pain

  • Direct hit or trauma to the foot
  • Sprain in any of the foot ligament
  • Faulty biomechanical alignment of the foot structures
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fractures
  • Abnormal tightness or laxity in the joints between foot bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Damage caused to the plantar fascia
  • Sudden twisting of the foot
  • A cut caused by a sharp object
  • Overuse injuries or repeated trauma caused to the foot
  • Running on hard or uneven surfaces
  • Use of shoes with poor support or cushioning effect

Symptoms Of Arch Pain

  • Pain at the bottom of the foot
  • Tenderness in the affected part
  • Pain may aggravate with foot movement
  • The joint may feel loose or weak
  • A lump may be visible at the point of injury
  • Discomfort in flexing, rotating and lifting the foot
  • Bruises
  • Swelling and discoloration
  • Change in gait

Diagnosis Of Arch Pain

  • The doctor may conduct a detailed physical examination of the affected knee
  • The details of the mode of injury and patient’s medical history may be taken into account
  • Palpation may be done to identify lumps and points of tenderness
  • The foot may be moved in different directions, tested against resistance and the patient may be asked to walk or run to assess muscle strength
  • X-ray imaging
  • MRI
  • Bone scan
  • Visual check for deformities

Treatment For Arch Pain

  • RICE therapy that includes rest, ice pack application, compression and elevation of the injured foot
  • Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed
  • Mechanical as well as manual therapies may be used to reduce pain and restore function
  • Use of well-fitted shoes that provide adequate support to the foot
  • Use of insoles to support the arch
  • Specific exercises that target muscle strengthening of the legs
  • A proper warm up session before the sport or exercise may be suggested to prevent such injuries

Get in touch with Dr. Heier for treatment of Arch Pain and other foot conditions. To schedule an appointment with the foot specialist in Carrollton, call at (972) 492 – 1334.