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Causes of Arch Pain

Experiencing pain in the arches of your feet can be attributed to various factors, including overuse, injury, and weakness. Other causes that may lead to arch pain are inflammation and anatomical variations in foot arch structure. Whether you have high, neutral, or flat arches, each type presents its own set of challenges. High arches may lack shock absorption and support, making them susceptible to overuse injuries during activities like sports. Flat feet, or fallen arches, can result from weak posterior tibial tendons, leading to decreased stability and support. Congenital conditions or acquired conditions, such as neuropathy or muscle atrophy, also can contribute to arch weakness and pain. Treatment strategies include proper foot support, medication, and orthotic shoe inserts. If you are experiencing pain in the arch of the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can identify the underlying cause, and develop an effective treatment plan for you.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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