The New York City Marathon was last weekend and thousands of men and women, both young and old participated with much gusto. The weather was beautiful and people came out by the numbers to support the runners. Unfortunately, all the enthusiasm and excitement in the world does not prevent running injuries. The truth is that most runners face some type of foot and leg problems, ranging from minor injuries such as aches, soreness and pain to major ones such as runner’s knee, stress fractures and arch pain. Running causes a lot of strain and pressure on the knees, legs and the feet.
Pain in the arch can be related to plantar fascia injuries or chronic irritation or strains and tears. Injuries or inflammation to the posterior tibialis can cause the arch to drop and produce sharp pain in the arch. You may ignore your arch pain and blame it on the shoes you’re wearing. Changing your shoes is a good idea, but it doesn’t mean the problem will go away. Monitor your symptoms and notice when you experience the pain. Sudden pain in the arch during the morning hours usually signals arch problems. Injuries in the heels and the arches should always be looked at by a board certified podiatrist. There are many treatment options available if injuries are treated with promptness.
- Ice packs and ice massages
- Arch supports in shoes
- Insoles in shoes
- Strengthening exercises – Stretching, cardio, core training, physical therapy
- Cortisone Injections
- Casting – in cases of fractures
- Pool exercises and swimming
- Elliptical machine in the gym
Who does it affect?
- People who stand for long periods of time
- Dull ache
- Pain in the arch
- Bruising in the arch or bottom of feet
Arch pain, although fairly common and not life threatening still requires immediate attention. You should seek help sooner rather than later. Consult with a board certified podiatrist who will discuss treatment options and can prescribe anti-inflammatory and prescription medicine to manage your pain.
Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is a board certified podiatry surgeon who is a specialist in treating men, women and children. He is an expert at treating runner and athletes too and has the latest technology at his state of the art office. Talk to Dr. Paul S. DeMarco about your symptoms, the duration of your pain, and after a complete physical examination and evaluation, he will suggest the best course of treatments. We are located in Somers Point, New Jersey and also serve the surrounding neighborhoods of Jersey Shore and New Jersey. Call us today at (609) 927-4894 or schedule your consultation now.