Arch and Heel Pain
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There’s an old children’s song that sings through how the body is connected—“the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone”—and so on. The song is true, and it offers some surprising insight into the way pain works in the body. Because different parts are connected, foot conditions can affect comfort in multiple places. This is often the case for heel pain and arch pain.
Different Types of Aches and Pains
The heels and the arches are two closely connected areas of the lower limbs that rely on each other to help the feet function well. Both support your body weight. Both absorb shock when you step. Both can share pain when the other is being strained or overworked. For that reason, conditions that affect the heel or the arch often overlap. Here are a few that might be behind your discomfort:
Plantar Fasciitis – This is a problem with thickening and tightening in the plantar fascia band along your sole. It’s the most common source of heel pain in adults and can also cause soreness through the arches.
Flatfoot – Arches that are flatter than normal, whether you were born that way or developed them later in life, are not efficient for absorbing impacts when you step. This means you can end up with sore feet from excessive pressure more easily. This also makes you more prone to pain in your heels.
Fractures – Whether a full break or just a stress fracture, any broken bone hurts. Any of your foot bones can potentially crack and cause pain and weakness.
Arthritis – The joints between bones can develop damage over time, either as a complication of another injury or just from wear and tear. Any space between bones can develop this painful problem.
Achilles Problems – Problems with your biggest tendon can pull on the back of the heel bone and cause discomfort. This can also have an effect on your pronation and arch comfort in some cases.
Nerve Damage – Nerves are sensitive and affect multiple areas. A pinched or compressed nerve may cause pain in the arches, heels, or both.
Sever’s Disease – The most common cause of heel pain in kids, this is a problem with inflammation in the heel growth plate. Typically, this is an overuse injury in active children.
Excessive Pronation – When the arch rolls in too far when you step or run, it strains the midfoot and puts pressure on other structures, potentially including the heel.
The Best Way to Resolve the Problem
The good news is that all of these can be treated conservatively. The key is to have the problem checked out and dealt with early on. Most heel and arch pain issues get worse and harder to treat the longer they go on. Dr. Michele Kurlanski and the Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center staff will carefully examine your lower limbs and use tests to diagnose your condition. Then they’ll help you establish a tailored treatment plan that targets the problem affecting your feet and meets your specific body and lifestyle needs.
The sooner you take care of your lower limbs, the sooner you’ll eliminate the discomfort! Let Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center in Portland, ME, help you get back to enjoying your active, pain-free life. Contact us for an appointment today by calling (207) 774-0028. You can also reach out to us through our web contact form.
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