Aug 8, 2016

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Interviewer: All right. Today's listeners question: "When I go walking, I feel great except for about after 3 miles, my left arch gets really sore. So bad usually, I have to turn around and head back. Usually gone by the next day, but I'd like to be able to walk more than just three miles. What can I do?"

Dr. Harold: That's a good question. I think, a lot of times, arch pain comes from a muscle that helps to support the arch. One thing you could do is to look in the mirror at home and stand flat on your feet barefoot and see if one foot has more of a collapsed arch than the other. That could be an indication that that muscle might be a little bit weak.

The other thing you can try is to stand on just the foot that hurts and do toe raises just on that foot. Do them repetitively, 10, 15 toe raises and see if that recreates the pain. If it does and the pain is coming from this muscle that helps to hold up your arch, then what's happening is that that muscle is getting a little fatigued as you hike. And then, after a while, it can no longer support the load and it causes pain. That's something that can be fixed with good arch supports when you hike, as well as some therapy to strengthen that muscle.

Other possibilities, some people can get foot pain and the arch that's unrelated to that muscle. It's more sometimes a burning pain they get in the arch with prolonged walking. Sometimes it's also related to either footwear or occasionally is related to socks as well in the shoe that cause some friction and some abrasion and some pain there. So maybe try and change the socks or the shoes around and see if one shoe is better than another.

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