Pain across the bottom of the foot at any point between the heel and the ball of the foot is often referred to as “arch pain.” Although this description is nonspecific, most arch pain is due to strain or inflammation of the plantar fascia (a long ligament on the bottom of the foot). This condition is known as “plantar fasciitis” and is sometimes associated with a heel spur.
In most cases, arch pain develops from overuse, unsupportive shoes, weight gain or acute injury. If arch pain persists beyond a few days, call AFAS for an appointment. A foot-and-ankle surgeon can diagnose the cause of your pain and provide treatment to prevent this condition from becoming worse.
If it is plantar fasciitis, you are probably a good candidate for shockwave therapy. We are the only provider in Alaska offering this high-tech, non-surgical treatment that has proven to be very effective. It’s also fast and surprisingly affordable.