Diabetic Foot Care Advice

The aim of this blog is to help members of the public to understand their feet better. However the information on this blog should never be regarded as medical advice. Readers with foot problems are strongly encouraged to visit their GP if not the podiatrist for further medical assessment and treatment.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Arch Strain

Arch strain is characterized by pain or a burning sensation in the arch of the foot. Arch strain can be caused by injury to the foot or a structural imbalance. It can be caused by another condition such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or tarsal tunnel syndrome. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the plantar fascia, which is fibrous connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Obesity and a sudden increase in foot activity can be causes of arch strain. It is important to warm up before increased activity to prevent strains. Wearing improper shoes can be a contributing factor. One symptom of arch strain is difficulty standing tiptoe. A person with a strained arch often feels tenderness in the inner soles of the foot.

Treatment of arch strain is focused on allowing the plantar fascia to heal properly. Rest and avoiding high heels are highly recommended. A podiatrist may prescribe the use of an orthotic to ease the pressure on the plantar fascia. Wearing supportive shoes, like athletic shoes, can encourage healing.

Ice packs can help alleviate inflammation at the onset of the arch pain. Ice packs should not be applied directly to the skin. Heating pads are sometimes used, especially if there is no swelling. Over-the-counter non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce pain and inflammation. Over-the-counter arch-supporting insoles may provide some relief. If pain persists, the person with arch pain should seek care from a physician.

A physician may order x-rays to check for the presence of heel spurs. The physician may tape the arch to give it support while healing and restrict foot movement. Exercises may be suggested. Persistent arch pain could indicate problems with the foot, such as arthritis or damaged nerves, which require medical attention.


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