Arch support relieves mid-foot pain

Test may identify those at risk for plantar fasciitis

Medial mid-foot arch supportPlantar fasciitis - also known as fallen arches - occurs when the band of tissue that connects the heel bone and the toes becomes inflamed and causes intense pain in the heel, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers a test to help individuals gauge their arch strength and determine whether they are at risk for arch problems like plantar fasciitis.

While standing facing a counter or sturdy table, place your hands on top of the surface and lift one foot off the ground. Try raising the heel of the grounded foot, shifting your weight onto the ball of the foot then lower it back down with ease. Repeat this 10 times on each foot.

Was it hard to do one? Then there may be mechanical problems with your arch, leaving the tendon susceptible to tears or excessive stretching and possibly leading to fallen arches.

If it was difficult but not impossible to complete all 10 foot push-ups, then your arches may be weak or fatigued and require exercises like the one mentioned. Strengthening the leg muscles may also help build arches. If it was painful to do the exercises, you may have inflamed arches that could require care from a podiatrist.

Mid-foot arch supports relieves plantar fasciitis

Additionally, the use of braces - like the Medial Mid-Foot Brace from Alpha Orthotics - may help provide arch support and prevent or treat plantar fasciitis. 

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