Causes of foot arch pain

Updated April 17, 2017

Foot arch pain can be debilitating and frustrating. Understanding the causes of your foot arch pain may be what you need to get the treatment to fix the problem.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is strong band that runs across the arch of your foot supporting the arch. Occasionally this fascia can become aggravated, inflamed and sore. Once inflamed, you have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. According to the National Institutes of Health, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. The pain associated with this condition often causes an inconsistent burning feeling in the heel and arch of the foot. The pain of plantar fasciitis can be lessened with stretching exercises and cured with a combination of rest and custom footwear.

Flat Feet

A condition called pes planus, or flat feet, causes foot arch pain as the result of the way a person with flat feet must walk. Some people also experience pain because two bones in the foot are fused together improperly. Flat feet frequently develops in childhood but can occur suddenly in people over age 60. Often, pain can be relieved through the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and orthotic shoe inserts. Younger children with this problem benefit from bracing the ankles to augment their walks.


Feet bear the brunt of most daily activities. Whether running a marathon or walking around the office in a pair of ill-fitting shoes, constant strain on the foot leads to foot arch pain. To prevent a more serious and chronic condition such as tendinitis, it's important to prevent foot strain. Always wear shoes that fit well and are appropriate for the type of activity you are engaged in. If pain persists, consider resting your feet and wearing orthotic shoe inserts when you have to be on your feet.


Feet are full of cartilage that aids in cushioning each step. However, when this cartilage begins to erode or change, the continued strain can cause arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, people who neglect foot problems and foot pain throughout their lives are more likely to develop arthritis in the feet later in life. Arthritis isn't curable, so you should take every step to care for your feet in order to prevent this debilitating disease.

Medical Conditions

People with blood and nerve disorders are often plagued by feet problems. Those with diabetes, Parkinson's disease, leg or foot deformities or spinal cord deformities may have difficulties walking due to their disorders. These place strain on the arches of the feet. Specialised tools to aid in cushioning the step or walking properly may be utilised to ease the pain in this situation.

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