Arch Pains

  • helium

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    Feb 16, 2009 1:53 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I have a question here. Yesterday I went running for a few miles in which it was nice and easy. After a few hours (mind you that I stretched before and after I ran), my arch was bothering me. It's still bothering me now but not as bad. Any recommendations on what I can do here??? Thanks guys.
  • helium

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    Feb 16, 2009 1:55 PM GMT
    Mind you before I forget that it's only on one of my arches (the right foot). Just wanted to add that.
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    Feb 16, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    I had that also but after walking the other day. How are the soles of your shoes? Might be a sign for some new ones.
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
    It's likely your foot is slightly supinated. You probably need to see a specialist and get an orthopedic insert for your shoes...an arch support. It tips your ankle away from your arch toward the outside of your foot. Experiment with a cheap pharmacy arch support to see if you notice a difference.
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    Mickey is right. I am battling Plantar Fasciatus which affects the arch and heel of your foot. It is extremely painful. I had to go thru physical therapy and get inserts and all that jazz. Better try to correct it now.

    One thing after all that, that has helped is keeping a towel by the bed and before you get out of bed every day do a toe stretch with it.

    Wrap the towel around the bottom of your toes grab the ends of the towel with your leg straight and stretch your foot back towards you. This stretches your arch and your calf muscle which is actually the cause of plantar fasciatus, being not stretched and flexible enough.
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    growingbig saidI had that also but after walking the other day. How are the soles of your shoes? Might be a sign for some new ones.


    Shoes are pretty important when it comes to running... are they the right kind for your feet? For your stride?
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    Feb 16, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    It just so happens that I have had a painful case of plantar fasciatus but in my left foot for about a month now. I thought it was because I was over doing the calf exercizes. I originally thought I had tendonitis in my Achilles but then I did some research on the internet. I have been taking an anti inflammatory but everytime I stop taking it the pain comes back. So, anyway, to everyone above, thanks for the advice as I needed it too.
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    Feb 16, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    Where in your foot does it hurt, the ball (front) of your foot or towards the heel? Plantar fascitis on the front means you need to really stretch out the tendon that runs underneath or foot, and (believe it or not) your calves more. I suffered from that until i figured out the towel on your foot in the morning trick, and lots of stretching focused on my calves.
  • helium

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    Feb 17, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    Thanks all for the advice. I tried out the towel trick and noticed some relief from the pain. So thanks to all for that one. I think you may be right on the shoes too. I think it's time to go and buy new running shoes.