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Collapsed Foot Arch Symptoms
The common term for the plantar arch is the arch that the bottom of the foot makes behind the ball of the foot to the heel on the inside (medial plantar arch) of the foot; however, there is actually another arch that is across the ball of the foot called the transverse arch just behind the ...Read more
[22, F, Don't work out] This past week I've experienced symptoms of carpal tunnel while having pain in my left foot arch & right calf. Is this normal?
Carpal tunnel: Sometimes we just get pains but check for thyroid, diabetes, magnesium calcium, potassium and B12 (especially if vegan) as all can cause muscular pains. Do you sit a lot at a desk/computer? Break every 30 to 45 minutes and stretch for a minute. Rarely could be food allergy, autoimmune, MS or other. Because of calf pain go to urgent care/ doctor today check d-dimer, insure not clot., ...Read more
Not typically: While it is not uncommon for arches to collapse some as we age, high arches (cavus foot) do not typically progress to flat feet. Various conditions such as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, and trauma can result in flat feet. ...Read more
Longterm tightness&pain up one side of body. Foot has just'collapsed' & underside 'stretched', walking painful, yet I am told no arch collapse. What else?
PTTD?: I wish I could see it. Even though you were told no arch collapse, it sounds like posterior tibial (tibialis posterior) tendon dysfunction, the most common cause of unilateral (only one foot, not both) adult flatfoot. Take a large piece of paper, wet the bottom of each foot, and stand. Do they look the same, or is one flatter? ...Read more
Flexible high arch runner. Stability shoes caused arch to collapse, feet to evert, numbness 1st web space, and anterior hip rotation. Reversable?
Arches don't: Disappear as much as many think. They are naturally higher/lower but the key is how stable or unstable they are. An arch that flattens too much when standing needs orthotic control. Past the age of 8 or 9, you're not going to change the structure any more than eyeglasses will change your eyes--they change how you see. Don't need to regain an arch, it needs to be controlled. ...Read more
See below: Get you foot wet and then step down on a flat dry surface. If there is a mark of the entire foot you are flat footed, if only a mark of the heel, toes and ball of foot you have a high arch, if you can see the toes, ball of foot, heel and outside of the arch connecting the ball and heel you probably have a normal arch. ...Read more
Arch: Nothing unless you have pain associated with it. If you have an injury and/or pain go see a podiatrist or your pcp. ...Read more
Not sure what you: Mean by outer foot arch but you may have plantar fascitiis or peroneal tendonitis depending on what you mean by outer.... ...Read more
Yes: They help to support the foot and decrease the strain on the arch. ...Read more
Plantar fasciitis: Otherwise known as plantar fasciitis is the most likely cause. Normally caused by excessive weightbearing activity with not enough support being provided by feet. Try more support shoes, inserts and stretching. Ice may also be helpful. If this does not help, see podiatrist. ...Read more
Find out the cause: Your pain could due to trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis, inflammation), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), poor circulation, musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and different neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. The treatment varies depending on the cause. ...Read more
Why?: See a podiatrist to have your foot examined. If you are trying to make your "foot arch smaller" because you are having difficulty wearing shoes, the doc can direct you in shoe selection. If you arch suddenly changed, then that's even more reason to go to the podiatrist to be examined for an underlying cause. ...Read more
Orthotics.: First you want good supportive shoes. You should not be able to "wring" them or fold them in half. They should only break/bend at the widest part of the shoe. A sturdy athletic shoe (not a minimalist style) will give you good support. If you're looking to beef up the shoes you already have, get a good insert or custom orthotic: you can use them to improve the shoes you already own. ...Read more
Try this: Arch pain, especially after walking, is very common and many times responds to simple arch supports. There are, of course, many other possibilities and many other agents that may affect this area. If simple supports do not help or it does not subside on it's own I would visit a podiatrist. Good luck. ...Read more
Myth: This is a myth. Flat foot can be normal or pathologic depending on if it is symptomatic. ...Read more
Pronation normal?: Most people pronate to a greater or lesser degree when walking if their hindfoot is supple. How much pronation is "over" is a judgement call especially if there are no associated symptoms. See an orthopedic or podiatric specialist for evaluation to see where you fit and the mechanics of your foot. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Your pain could due to trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis, inflammation), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), poor circulation, musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and different neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. The treatment varies depending on the cause. ...Read more
Support / Stretching:
Most likely, arch pain/aching/burning is the result of plantar fasciitis. This ligament acts like a 'bow string' spanning from the ball of your foot to the bottom of your heel. The combination of rest, stretching (standing calf stretch), supportive running shoes/arch supports are a good start to rule in and treat this problem.
-Dr. Moore ...Read more