The arches in our feet play a very important role in weight bearing, shock absorption and propulsion during walking, running, and jumping. Genetics, wear-and-tear, or injury can cause problems with your arches. These consequences can make your feet tire easily, cause pain and can lead to abnormal stress on the knees, hips and back causing pain and discomfort there too. As civilisation has evolved humans have gone from walking barefoot in soft terrain to walking on hard, flat surfaces in footwear that offer little to no support for our feet. For people living more active lifestyles and people with demanding and vigorous work schedules, it is more likely that they will develop foot problems such as arch pain at some point in their lives.
Often a new pair of ’supportive footwear’ can help ease any pain caused by lack of arch support, however, a correctly fitted arch support can be the best non-invasive treatment for the issues listed above. There are many causes of arch pain in the feet and many reasons why you may need to introduce arch supports into your lifestyle– here at Feetlife we offer a range of foot care products that would help to prevent and ease any pain or discomfort you may have.
What could be causing your Arch Pain?
This is one of the most common foot problems caused by inflammation– following lack of support in the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by wearing poorly fitted shoes, overuse of the feet and numerous other reasons. A common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is heel pain when you first wake up or after you have been seated for a long period of time. By supporting the foot, the inflammation slowly heals, improving side effects.
Orthosleeve FS6 Foot Sleeve
Over-pronation occurs when your ankles roll inward whilst walking. This can create problems throughout the body (hips, back, knees) due to misalignment. An orthotic insole would help to keep your feet, ankles and body aligned, reducing any discomfort.
Powerstep Slimtech 3/4 Insole
Heel Pain & Spurs
Heel spurs can often feel like a hard rock in your heel. If you have already or feel you’re at risk of developing a heel spur an orthotic would help to alleviate any pain or discomfort.
Podopro Blue Dot Heel Cup
Arch pain is often a symptom of the above foot conditions. Leaving these untreated could make your condition worse. Arch supports in your everyday footwear or a more supportive pair of shoes would help to improve the side effects.