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Arch Pain

Conveniently located to serve Portland, Lake Oswego, & West Linn

Boutique Podiatry Oregon Institute of Foot Care Lake Oswego
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Arch Pain Treatments

Pain in your arch deserves a visit to Oregon Institute of Foot Care. Arch pain can interfere with your ability to do the activities you love and become chronic, making simple tasks such as standing or walking uncomfortable or impossible.
At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, Dr. Manson can evaluate your arch pain and give you relief! Dr. Manson can also help determine if the arch pain is a symptom of a structural problem of the feet or ankles. You don’t need to live with arch pain; in most cases, arch pain can be treated with conservative treatments.
A visit to Oregon Institute of Foot Care can help you resolve your arch pain before it becomes chronic and debilitating.

Symptoms of Arch Pain

You should see Dr. Manson if you have a sharp pain in your arch. It might be most intense when you first wake up in the morning or when you stand up from a chair after a period of inactivity.
The pain often feels like a sharp stabbing in your arch at first, then becomes a dull ache over the course of the day. You may also get a similar pain in your heel. If you are active – in running or playing sports – the pain may fade during your activity, only to return with a vengeance later in the day or the next morning. The pain may also worsen throughout the day or with an increase in activity level.
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Causes of Arch Pain

A common cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis, a strain of the ligament that supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis often develops due to overuse, such as lots of running or wearing shoes that are unsupportive or too tight. Flip-flops, high heels, and worn-out tennis shoes are often to blame.
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Development of Arch Pain

Arch pain can also develop due to warts or cuts or cracks that just don’t heal. Plantar Fibromas can also be a cause of arch pain and often presents as a hard lump on the bottom of your foot. High arches, flat feet, and pronation can also be causes of arch pain.

Oregon Institute of Foot Care Can Help

What Should I Expect?
At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, Dr. Manson can evaluate your arch pain to find the cause. A physical examination, as well as imaging studies, can help determine what is causing your pain. Oregon Institute of Foot Care has Digital X-rays and diagnostic ultrasound available in the office to help make the correct diagnosis without referral to an outside imaging facility.
What if I have Any Underlying Problems?
If you have an underlying problem such as flat feet or over-pronation, arch pain may just be a secondary symptom caused by the irregular gait these structural problems cause. Dr. Manson can treat your over-pronation or flat feet, and your arch pain disappears along with the primary structural issue.
I have Plantar Fasciitis, does that relate to arch pain?
If you have plantar fasciitis, going for a long time without treatment only prolongs your pain. Conservatively, Dr. Manson can advise rest, ice, stretching, physical therapy, and over-the-counter medications. Sometimes a steroid injection or custom orthotics are needed to help relieve the pain and to prevent it from returning. When all conservative treatments have failed, there is a simple procedure (Percutaneous Plantar Fasciotomy) that can be done in the office to relieve your pain.
What is Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction?
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction is pain at the top of the arch and is another common cause of arch pain. It usually occurs when people have flat feet and can be painful for some people and not painful for others. Treatment usually involves relieving the pain with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, as well as supporting the foot with custom orthotics or in severe cases a custom brace to help it heal and prevent the pain from returning.
Does Arch Pain Treatment Work?
Dr. Manson can also remove warts or help heal blisters, cracks, and sores that aren’t healing. Plantar fibromas are almost always treated conservatively with topical medications, custom orthotics, or steroid injections, and rarely require surgical removal.

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At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, we care about healthy, happy, beautiful feet. We strive to provide personalized foot care and achieve the outcomes, both functionally and cosmetically, that our patients desire. What sets OIFC apart is our dedication to providing the highest quality care available, utilizing the latest medical techniques and technologies, educating patients to make well-informed health care decisions, and restoring foot and ankle function as quickly and beautifully as possible. Our mission is to give you healthy, happy, beautiful feet.


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