Foot arch pain

Pain under the foot is also described as pain on the bottom of the foot or sole of foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain in the arch of the foot. This can occur gradually and may start with tightness around the area. Sometimes a change in floor surface (especially hard surfaces) or having no support of the arch can bring on pain in this area. A sore foot arch is often worse first thing in the morning and eases as the day goes on. Foot arch pain can also be due to inappropriate footwear or a surface issue where overload as occurred and is common in sport.

Due to the complexity of the connective tissue in this area a strain, tear or even a rupture can be the cause of foot arch pain. A tear or a rupture may show the signs of a dropped arch and will be painful in nature but may also produce a reduction in pain if the later as occurred. Common causes of pain in the sole of the foot are listed here:
  • Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar Fasciitis

    What is plantar fasciitis? Probably the most common cause of heel pain. Symptoms come on gradually and are often worse first thing in the morning. The plantar fascia is the tissue under the foot which forms the arch. Treatment includes rest, reducing pain and inflammation and stretching exercises.

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

    Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition of the foot caused by pressure on the posterior tibial nerve as it passes along a passage called the tarsal tunnel just below the bony bit on the inside of the ankle causing a burning pain in the foot along with pins and needles and pain radiating in the arch of the foot.

  • Heel Spur

    Heel Spur

    A heel spur is a hooked bony growth protruding from the calcaneus or heel bone. It often occurs alongside plantar fasciitis, and as such the two conditions are often confused, however they are not the same. Treatment involves rest, reducing symptoms with ice or cold therapy, stretching and correcting and biomechanical problems.

  • Navicular Stress Fracture

    Navicular Stress Fracture

    A navicular stress fracture is one of the most common stress fractures affecting athletes, especially those in explosive events such as sprinting and jumping.

  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy

    Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy

    The tibialis posterior tendon passes down the back of the leg, inside of the ankle and under the foot. Injury or degeneration of the tendon where it inserts into the foot bones causes pain on the inside of the foot which may radiate along the length of the tendon.

  • Plantar Fascia Strain

    Plantar Fascia Strain

    The plantar fascia or arch ligament is a band that runs from under the heel to the front of the foot. A strain or rupture to this is quite common. A plantar fascia strain might result from one single traumatic incident or may gradually occur over a period of time.

  • Abductor Hallucis Strain

    Abductor Hallucis Strain

    The abductor hallucis muscle lies along the inside of the foot and runs from the heel bone inserting onto the side of the big toe.

  • Medial Calcaneal Nerve Entrapment

    Medial Calcaneal Nerve Entrapment

    Medial calcaneal nerve entrapment has similar symptoms to that of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Pain will radiate from the inside of the heel out towards the centre of the heel.

  • Heel Pain

    Heel injuries can be sudden onset (acute) or can come on gradually over time. The most common causes of heel pain including pain under the heel are Plantar Fasciitis and Bruised Heel whilst pain at the back of the heel in children is often Sever's disease. Select from the injuries below or if you do not know what your injury is then visit our symptom checker, or click on any of the symptoms below to view injuries with that particular symptom.

  • Midfoot Pain

    Midfoot pain is concerned with the middle of the foot where the small tarsal bones are located. The most common cause of midfoot pain other than following a sprained ankle is a mid tarsal joint sprain. A stress fracture of the navicular bone is also common and should not be missed. Pain in the midfoot area for more than five days following injury then a Lisfranc joint sprain should be considered.