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Arch Pain

Alternate Names : Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Arch Pain

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Arch pain is caused by an inflammation of the plantar arch, or fascia. The condition is also called plantar fasciitis. The plantar arch is a thick membrane that covers and supports the muscles of the sole of the foot.

What is going on in the body?

The plantar arch starts at the heel bone and runs to the base of the toes. Arch pain occurs when this membrane becomes worn down due to constant strain. This causes pain in the arch of the foot. A person will often feel pain in the heel as well.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

The causes and risk of arch pain include:

  • problems with physical training. This can include rapidly increasing mileage when running, running on steep hills, or wearing improper footwear.
  • abnormal anatomy and position and of the foot
  • certain types of arthritis
  • obesity


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    Arch Pain: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/02/01

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