Arch pain sucks as it can make your entire a day a nightmare.
I have not experienced arch pain because I am fortunate enough to have neutral arches but I know people with fallen arches and others with high arches.
Both of them completely suck and there are multiple reasons for this to happen.
However, I’m here to tell you that I can help eliminate arch pain and hopefully get you going at 100% again.
Keep in mind that I am not a doctor and do not claim to be a medical professional, I am just going off of my own experiences and letting you know what has worked for my friends and family.
I hope you enjoy this article and find everything you need to know.
When to See a Doctor
There are many reasons for arch pain, but some are less severe than others.
Occasional pain is okay and no cause for concern. But if you experience it on a frequent basis, then it becomes a problem.
Home remedies should be able to rectify the problem and fix your arch pain.
However, keep in mind that arch pain should not come frequently even with home remedies.
If it does, we are probably dealing with something more severe than a little occasional arch pain.
I highly recommend seeing a doctor if these remedies do not work.
A doctor can professionally examine your feet to see what the problem is and provide you with the right treatment to fix it.
7 Home Remedies for Arch Pain
There are lots of things you can do on your own to eliminate arch pain, or at the very least, ease most of the pain.
In this part of the article I will explain what has proven to work and things you can do at home.
1. Replace Your Shoes
Believe it or not, but your shoes are probably the major cause of your arch pain.
You need the right shoe for your arch type or you’re not going to have enough support.
Firstly check your arch by wetting your feet and standing on concrete.
A complete foot, or very close to it, means you have low or fallen arches.
A visible forefoot, heel and a half complete midfoot means you have neutral feet.
If there is only a visible forefoot and heel, you have high arches.
When shopping for shoes, choose the shoe that fits your arch type. I have more information on arches here.
2. Use Orthotic Inserts
If you can’t find a shoe to fit your arch properly or can’t go and get a new pair of shoes right now, a great alternative is using orthotic inserts.
Inserts can replace your normal insoles and provide you with the right amount of arch support.
There are many out there, so don’t settle for the first one.
Shop round and do some testing until you are confident in your purchase.
2. Avoid Bad Footwear
Bad footwear consists of crocs, flip flops, slides, etc.
These types of shoes are not designed with support in mind.
They are only made for simplicity for the average person, and should never be worn for long periods of time.
However, some people wear them all day, everyday and it causes all sorts of problems later in life.
You should avoid them at all costs, especially while you have arch pain.
3. Rest (Don’t Fight Through The Pain)
No pain no gain?
Not in this case…not when we are dealing with feet.
Foot pain is bad because it means there are underlying conditions that need to be addressed.
Fighting through the pain is going to worsen the problem rather than fix it.
So when you feel pain, rest up and give your feet some downtime.
Avoid strenuous activities for a few days and hopefully after a good rest the pain has gone completely.
4. Apply Ice
In addition to resting up, you should also apply ice to your foot at least twice a day for 10 – 15 minutes.
This is going to relieve the pain and heal it much faster so you can be up and active as soon as possible.
5. Over-The-Counter Remedies
Over the counter remedies can help reduce inflammation, pain, and may actually eliminate pain in the future.
Advil or Motrin are my recommendations.
Keep in mind that OTC remedies should not be taken in excess and you should keep to the amount on the bottle.
6. Avoid Going Barefoot
Barefoot does not provide the support we need to walk around comfortably.
Most of us like to take our shoes off when we get home and walk around in socks, but this is not the proper way to go about it.
Instead, wear something comfortable and soft such as slippers with the right amount of support for your arch.
These perform amazingly well since they are cheap, easy to use and allow you to look after your feet even at home.
7. Stretching Exercises
You have to remember that our body is “one”.
Neglect something and something else may suffer.
The best way to take care of a specific area is to take care of the entire body.
Stretch your calves, thighs and hamstrings.
There are many YouTube videos that’ll teach you how to do this.
I know we all are busy, but if possible, I recommend stretching once a day.
You could also get into yoga if you’re up for it!
Arch pain should not be of concern so don’t think that it is the end all be all, or that you have to put up with it for the rest of your life.
As you can see, there are a few things you can do on your own to help with the pain and hopefully eliminate it for good.
But in some cases it can be more severe, and that’s when a doctor is needed.
A doctor can examine your foot and provide you with the right medical treatment which is going to get you on your feet again (no pun intended).
Well that concludes this article on arch pain and how you can stop it from taking over your life once and for all!
If you’ve had arch pain and want to add your experiences, we would love to hear them. Just comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.