How the Transverse Arch Affects Your Feet

How the Transverse Arch Affects Your Feet

Issues related to the transverse arch of the foot can contribute to various foot problems and discomfort. They may cause due to the collapsing, compressing and over stress.


Description: Metatarsalgia is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, particularly around the metatarsal heads (the heads of the long bones in the foot).

Connection to Transverse Arch: If the transverse arch is not properly supported or if there is excessive pressure on the metatarsal heads, it can lead to metatarsalgia.


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Morton's Neuroma:

Description: Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that involves a thickening of the tissue around the nerves leading to the toes, often causing pain and discomfort between the third and fourth toes.

Connection to Transverse Arch: Issues with the transverse arch can contribute to nerve compression, leading to the development of Morton's neuroma.

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Foot Fatigue and Pain:

Description: Insufficient support for the transverse arch can result in overall foot fatigue and pain, especially during prolonged periods of standing or walking.

Connection to Transverse Arch: The transverse arch plays a role in weight distribution and shock absorption. If it is not adequately supported, the foot may experience increased stress and discomfort.

Flat Feet (Pes Planus):

Description: Flat feet occur when the arches of the foot, including the transverse arch, collapse, causing the entire sole to come into contact with the ground.

Connection to Transverse Arch: Weakness or lack of support in the transverse arch can contribute to the development of flat feet.

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Toe Deformities:

Description: Transverse arch issues can contribute to the development of toe deformities, such as hammertoes or claw toes, where the toes are bent abnormally.

Connection to Transverse Arch: Altered biomechanics due to transverse arch problems can lead to imbalances and deformities in the toes. Moreover, the compression of the shoes also plays a major role.

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Dr. Durga Saravanan (PT)., MSc Sports biomechanics and kinesiology.

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