What is arch pain?

What is arch pain?

Arch pain is a common foot concern. It affects runners and other athletes, but it can also occur in people who are less active. The arch of the foot stretches from the base of your toes to your heel, and plays an important role in any activity where you’re on your feet. 


  • Excess weight can result in a higher disproportional load and impact on the midfoot area and a reduction of the foot arch index, which results in excessive foot loading.

  • Due to aging there is change in their elasticity the same way other body parts do – tissue becomes less tight, causing the increased width and sagging of the arches.

  • Too much stress on the tissue, often caused by running, leads to inflammation and swelling of the tissue that causes arch pain.

  • Some people with flatfeet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area.

  • People with high arches may experience pain in the arch of the foot.



Dr . P. Senthil Selvam, PhD
Professor & HOD, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.

Dr .D. Hepzibah Rubella, MPT (Ortho)
Research Scholar, School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Chennai.

Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS)


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