If you should find
yourself bothered by arch pain, there are several steps you can take to
reverse the strain on your feet.
First of all, wear
proper shoes. When you buy new shoes, do so at the end of the day when
your feet are swollen and somewhat larger than usual. Pick a shoe with a
good support through the arch area and a thick, shock-absorbing sole. A
heel that is ½ to ¾ of an inch higher than the sole is helpful, as this
puts less strain on your legs and lower back. Shoes that lace tend to
have better support. Never purchase a shoe with the intention of
"breaking it in." Shoes should fit comfortably when you first try them
It is helpful to avoid
walking on hard surfaces such as concrete. Stretching and exercising the
muscles in your feet will keep them flexible. Often, foot fatigue is a
reflection of poor general health, obesity, vitamin deficiency or lack
of exercise. It is a good idea to keep your body in good physical
Try the above mentioned
measures, but if they fail to relieve the pain and discomfort of arch
fatigue, it is time to see your podiatrist. Careful examination and
x-ray evaluation can determine what areas of your foot are under the
most stress, and the appropriate treatment. Lab tests often can rule out
the possibility of a contributing disease.
Depending upon diagnosis
and evaluation of your symptoms, muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory
medication may be prescribed. A series of padding, taping, exercise,
stretching, and physical therapy may be recommended. In some cases, an
orthotic device may be placed in your shoes to redistribute the weight
on the arch area.
Arch pain can be a sign
of a more serious problem, or it may be an indication that your feet are
tiring under their workload. If your arch pain persists, do not hesitate
to seek professional help. This is a common complaint and, in most
cases, is very easily treated.
Can podiatric treatment
help your arch pain? We make it easy for you to find out. Here's how....
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers
maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide
24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including
Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file
all necessary insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of
maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expense.
You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot
problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or 970-667-0769.