What causes sore arches?

Sore arches can be caused by a wide variety of factors. If you have high arches or flat feet—especially flat feet that occurs later in life due to falling arches—you may be more susceptible to pain and soreness in this area than others, but it’s far from a prerequisite.

Although plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of primarily as a form of heel pain, it is also a common cause of sore arches as well. That’s because the plantar fascia supports your arch as it runs all the way from your heel to your toes. 

 Pain in the arch

Other sources of discomfort may include stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in bones caused by repeated small impacts and overuse, arthritis, tendon sprains, muscle strains, and other injuries and conditions. Biomechanical issues like an abnormal gait, poor posture, or obesity may also put excess stress on your arches or prevent them from playing their shock absorption role properly.

As you might imagine, a proper treatment plan will depend on a correct diagnosis of the underlying cause. Call Keith McSpadden, DPM at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute for an appointment today by dialing (512) 593-2949.


Do Children grow out of having flat feet?

Many young children (toddler age and a little older) have what’s known as flexible flatfoot—they may have an arch in their feet when they sit, but it flattens when they stand.

In the majority of cases—8 or 9 out of 10—flat feet in kids will resolve by around age 6. As they grow, bones get harder, muscles and tendons tighten, and the arch becomes more rigid, no longer flattening under the force of their body weight.

However, some kids do not grow out of the condition and carry flat feet through to adulthood. If you notice your older child still has flat feet—especially if there are any signs of pain or discomfort—bring them to Dr. Ketih McSpadden or North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute for an evaluation. You can reach us by calling 512-593-2949 for an appointment in Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX.

Why is the ball of my foot swollen?

A number of factors can contribute to pain and swelling in the balls of your feet. Getting to the bottom of it usually requires both a physical examination and a brief chat with your doctor to discuss your symptoms and activities.

Common causes or underlying factors in the development of ball of foot pain and swelling include wearing improper shoes for your activities, overtraining or too much impact exercise with adequate rest periods in between, certain foot shapes such as high arches or even extra-long second toes, and obesity. You may also have a more serious or more complicated condition beyond simple soft tissue swelling, such as stress fracture or a neuroma. An examination and any necessary tests will be needed to know for sure.

Finding the right cause is important, so that we can match you with the right treatment. For help with your ball of foot pain, call Dr. Keith McSpadden at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute today at 512-593-2949.