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Foot pain

Metatarsalgia is a general term used to describe a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region of the foot more commonly know as the ball of the foot. This is a common foot disorder that affects the bones and joints at the soles of the feet. Pain usually centres on one or more of the five bones in the mid-portion of the foot.

This condition can result in a variety of bony and soft tissue complaints, which can be extremely painful. The main cause of metarsalgia is overpronaion or flat feet and is best treated with insoles.

Arch pain

Arch pain or arch strain as it is also known refers to an inflammation or a burning sensation at the arch of the foot.

There are several different causes of arch pain such as a structural imbalance or a foot injury however, most commonly the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fascitis is an inflammation of the muscle that runs along the bottom of the foot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia that is usually due to flat feet (over-pronation) causes plantar fascitis. The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas.

If arch pain is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, heel spur may develop which is a bony protrusion. Arch pain is a common foot problem and can easily be treated. Arch pain suffers such avoid high-heeled shoes and purchase footwear with a reasonable heel, shock absorbing soles, removable foot insoles and soft leather uppers. If arch pain is caused by plantar fasciitis an orthotic with a good arch support is required to prevent the inflammation of the plantar fascia.


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