The term arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot.
There are many different factors that can cause arch pain. A structural imbalance or an injury to the foot can often be the direct cause. However, most frequently the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, usually due to over-pronation (flat feet), causes plantar fasciitis. The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas. The pain is often extreme in the morning when an individual first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest. If this condition is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop, known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens.
Treatment & Prevention
This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer from arch pain avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible. Try to choose footwear with a reasonable heel, soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles. When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain. This type of orthotic will control over-pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief.
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This week I am trying a new video format on the blog. Check out this week’s video to learn more about home remedies for foot tendonitis (inflammation or pain in the foot caused by overuse or injury). These are common items which you likely already have around the house that can do wonders for helping to reduce your foot pain. Be sure to comment to let me know what you think of the new video format!
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Turmeric is not a popular spice in the US, but it has very powerful health benefits that should not be ignored. It has been used for thousands of years in India as a medicinal herb, and is what gives curry its signature yellow color. Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and a very strong antioxidant.
It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Incorporating anti-inflammatories into our diet is critical.
I try to sprinkle turmeric in most of my sautés and soups to give my meals a nutritional, anti-inflammatory boost. However, if you are really looking to get a concentrated dose of curcumin, you can take it in capsule form. This allows you to get all the benefits without having to alter the taste of your food much. Be aware that it is poorly absorbed in the blood stream, but absorption may be improved by eating it with a healthy fat (it is fat soluble).
Aloe is a summer staple for many because it is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Did you know that aloe has many other health benefits? It is great for your digestion, for keeping your skin hydrated and as a natural anti-inflammatory.
When it comes to digestion, aloe can be extremely helpful for the body to help maintain a healthy mucous membrane system. When my daughter was younger, she had constipation issues. Aloe was so important in helping her digestive system to heal itself. We used George’s Aloe Vera because it tastes like water and can easily be added to any beverage. By soothing her digestive system, we were able to cure her constipation without over the counter medication.
If you’re like me, you have a tendency to get dry skin in the winter. Aloe can be a great way to help protect cells against skin-damaging free radicals in the environment. By promoting healing from the inside out, you can improve the hydration in your skin, and it will show.
Aloe can be a powerful anti-inflammatory. It can help ease joint pain, sun burn, improve acne and reduce overall inflammation in the body. The standard American diet is filled with foods that cause inflammation in the body. It’s important for your health to combat that inflammation to keep your body looking and feeling its best.
This summer, I encourage you to try some aloe in your diet! Be sure to follow the dosage amounts and not overdo it. Sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing!