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. 

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.