There are a number of causes for foot arch pain but the most common is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a muscle located along the bottom of the foot. It runs from the heel to the front of your foot.
This muscle might become inflamed if you have over-pronation otherwise known as flat feet. If you have flat feet, and have been on your feet all day, or have been running, walking or exercising frequently this may be enough to stretch the plantar fascia ligament and cause it to become inflamed.
Treatment of foot arch pain
In the immediate onset of pain, applying regular ice packs to the affected area can reduce swelling and pain. You will also find that using anti-inflammatory gels can do a lot for reducing the pain and aiding recovery.
If you think the cause of your arch pain might be due to excessive activity try taking it easy. If you stand a lot at work see if you can be seated more, if you run a lot try a low impact activity such as swimming or cycling for a while.
Other steps you can take to manage the pain and prevent future problems include:
And as always, if the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.