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Insoles For Foot Arch Pain: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What is Arch Pain?

Arch pain is the term used to describe symptoms that occur under the arch of the foot.

The arch is formed by a tight band of ligaments that connect the heel bone to the metatarsal heads at the base of the toes. This band acts as shock absorption and plays a vital role in the efficient functioning of the foot during walking (Biomechanics). Due to stresses and strains on the ligaments the area becomes inflamed and it can often cause a burning sensation, or 'burning feet', under the long arch of the foot.

What causes Arch Pain?

There are a number of possible causes for arch pain, but the most common is due to structural imbalances of the foot, such as over-pronation (inward rolling of the feet) whichcauses excessive stretching of the ligaments along the sole of the foot.

This condition is also known as Plantar Fasciitis whereby the inflamed band of ligaments causes arch pain which is usually worse early in the morning as the ligaments (plantar fascia) become contracted and tighten as you sleep through the night. When awakening and walking in the morning, the fascia is still tight and prone to irritation when stretched. When walking or standing for long periods, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful. The condition will exacerbate with overuse such as running, walking on hard surfaces, combined with inadequate or non-supportive footwear.

Treatment and prevention of Arch Pain

It is important to consider what is causing the Arch Pain, for example it may be due to the inadequacy of footwear. At the acute stage, the application of ice compress is useful to reduce inflammation. Later heat and anti-inflammatory gels can be a big help.

Stretching exercises should be continued long after the symptoms are gone. The plantar ligaments and calf muscles need to be stretched regularly. A useful exercise is standing on the edge of a step where the forefoot is in contact with the step yet the remaining back foot is hanging over the edge. Push the weight of the body down and you will feel the stretch.

Arch support insoles that fit into shoes are useful as they will prevent some stretching. This is particularly useful at the early stages of the condition. Long term solutions lie in the use of insoles and orthotics that will correct any imbalance as well as support the log arch.

Rest the foot while the condition is present and avoid long distance walking and vigorous sport activities.

This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.

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Podopro Gel Arch Pad

One Size. Priced per Pair. Adds medial arch support for fallen, weak, or high arches and pronation problems • Self-Adhesive: Stays firmly in place • Washable and reusable

£5.79

Carnation Pediroller Kit

With soothing foot massage gel. Podiatrist designed Carnation Pediroller offers immediate relief from aching, tired feet and common foot pain in the heel and arch. For relief from: heel and arch pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs and Aids circulation. Pediroller can be frozen. Download the exercise sheet below.

£7.95

Pedag Viva High Insole with longitudinal arch support

Viva high Insole, relief for feet if you have a high longitudinal arch, also called pes cavus. Comfortable foot support for people with high arches. It cushions the foot and keeps it in the correct position. The anatomically shaped heel cushion absorbs impact shock and the metatarsal pads prevent excessive metatarsalgia (pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot).

£19.95

Pedag VIVA Outdoor Insoles

The highly vitalising foot support ideal for sturdy work and outdoor footwear and work boots. Pedag VIVA OUTDOOR is the ideal foot support for active people: for walking, hiking, playing golf or at work. With really hard wearing surface, abrasion proof. It offers maximum comfort anytime and anywhere.

£12.99

24% Off

Healthy Step 9-to-5 Insoles

The 9-to-5 insoles unique slim profile ensures an easy fit into everyday shoes to reduce foot fatigue and help prevent those day-to-day aches and pains we all feel. The 9-5 Insole is both discreet and comfortable, cradling the foot helping to relieve and rest tired feet. You will also notice the black shock dot in the heel area to help reduce heel strike impact.

£21.95

RRP £28.95

Carnation Pediroller

Podiatrist designed Pediroller. An exercise aid, for immediate pain relief for Plantar fasciitis Helps relieve heel and arch pain, tired feet, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Can be frozen for greater relief. Latex free. Great for massage.

£5.95

Poron Insoles- Cut to size

Poron Performance Urethane insoles offer exceptional energy absorption, helping to protect the ankles, knees and hips as well as the feet themselves. Also with dimensional stability and breathability while containing antibacterial ingredients to keep your feet smelling fresh.

£5.99

PodoSole Moulded Insoles

EVA insole to provide additional support and comfort for patients requiring mild to moderate • biomechanical control. • Deep heel cup. • Moulded EVA insole base. • Soft textured top cover for improved grip and comfort.

£7.95

13% Off

Podopro 2/3 Length Gel Insole

Soft dual density silicone gel insole provides shock absorbtion and pressure relief to sensitive areas. Relief for heel, ankle, knee and back. Supportive arch provides superior comfort and control of the rear and mid-foot areas.

£13.95

RRP £15.99

Silipos WonderSole Full Length Insoles

Helps relieve symptoms related to metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, and arthritis. A full length insole anatomically designed to provide support to the metatarsals, arch and heel. Designed to reduce shock and vibration while providing even pressure distribution to the entire foot. The softer density coloured silicone gel areas provide additional cushioning to sensitive areas.

£19.95

Silipos Full Length Gel Insole

Dual density silicone gel insole absorbs shock under high pressure areas while supporting the rest of the foot and relieves heel, arch and forefoot pain.

£19.95

Silipos 3/4 Length Gel Insole

Soft dual density silicone gel insole provides shock absorbtion and pressure relief to sensitive areas. Relief for heel, ankle, knee and back. Supportive arch provides superior comfort and control of the rear and mid-foot areas.

£15.99

Silipos WonderSport Green Dot 3/4 Sport Insoles

A 3/4 sport insole with moulded heel support. Designed to reduce shock and vibration and give relief to ligaments, muscles and tendons under excessive athletic or other loading conditions. Protects heel, arch and metatarsal.

£19.95

Podopro Flatfoot Wedge

Podopro Flatfoot Wedge is best used in high heels, trainers, smart shoes and other types of designer shoes that lack arch support but do not accommodate orthotics. Designed to be discrete inside tight fitting shoes and provides just enough support to balance the foot and cushion the arch. Its wedge shape supports weakened and fallen arches while correcting and stabilizing your foot’s natural shape. Comes in a pair.

£9.50

Podopro Foot Support Lightweight 3/4

Leather covered lightweight acrylic support with built-in heel cushion and metatarsal pad. Designed to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons and provide relief from fallen arches and splay foot problems. In category Arch supports.

£14.95

Podopro Foot Support Heavy Duty 3/4

Leather covered heavy duty support in lightweight Durasoft acrylic with built-in heel cushion, valgus support and metatarsal pad. Designed to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons and provide relief from fallen arches and splay foot problems.

£14.95

Frelens Comfort Insoles

Lightweight anatomically shaped for extra comfort. The insoles are made from two-density polyolefin (polyethylene) to provide extra support, and have high cushioning and shock absorption. Machine washable. 1 pair.

£7.95

Rightstride First Steps Daily Orthotics

These ultra-thin polypropylene made insoles provide the ultimate comfort and correction for feet in everyday shoes. Engineered by Rightstride, First Step Daily orthotics have specifically been designed for people who suffer from pains in the feet, knee and lower back when they wear everyday shoes. These shoe inserts are extremely thin, light and flexible so they take up very little room in the shoe, and because the base is made out of a polypropylene material it provides maximum support for the feet.

£60.00

Pedag VIVA MINI Ultra-Thin Foot Support

A 3/4 length Insole with ultra-thin leather comfort footbed. Orthotic Arch Support for the foot arch which helps prevent over-pronation. RECOMMENDED for prevention and relief from Plantar Fasciitis and Metatarsalgia.

£12.40

30% Off

Pedag VIVA Foot Support

Leather comfort footbed with arch support, metatarsal pad, extra soft heel cushion and active carbon filter for optimal hygiene.

£17.82

RRP £25.45

Orthosole Full Max Cushion Insoles

OrthoSole insoles provide the perfect fit, just for you. The removable support pads gives you six different combinations to let you completely customize your insole to match your body, foot and lifestyle. That means more comfort and stability for a body that feels and performs better in everything you do.

£39.95

Orthosole 3/4 Max Cushion

Invented due to a big recognition in the market place of a ¾ Length insole. Great for tight fitted shoes. All standard arch pieces (firm, medium, light) and metatarsal pieces (medium, light only supplied and required for this style) come in the packaging. Excellent for shock absorption and foot fatigue. Available in Womens & Mens.

£29.95

Sikoped Foot Odour Insoles

The warmth of the wearer's foot releases active vapours from the scientifically formulated coating of the insole, helping to guard against odour and wetness in both hosiery and footwear.

£7.20

Epitact Heel Spur, Articular Pain Heel Lifts

PhysioShock Heel Lifts are specially designed to relieve heel pain, joint pain, knee pain and back pain caused by shock waves which are generated every time you take a step.To relive pain from heel spurs. Watch video below.

£16.18

Epitact Joint & Muscle Pain - PhysioDynamic Insoles

Full-length insole provides excellent shock absorption in the heel and forefoot for joint & muscle pains, tendonitis, periostitis.

£32.40

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