Collapsed Arch in Foot: Could a Fall Have Caused it?
Eighteen months ago I had an industrial accident that involved me falling a couple of feet, landing on one foot that inverted. I had one month off work, but have had pain ranging from severe to mild ever since.
I have just been told that I have a collapsed arch in this foot, could the accident have caused this?
Painful foot arches can be caused by a number of reasons. Wearing high heels, or ill-fitting shoes, for long periods of time can cause severe pain and sore foot arches. An injury that is caused by playing sports can also result in collapsed arches, as the plantar fascilitis ligaments in the foot become over-stretched and painful. In fact any extreme pressure to this area of your foot can impact on the arches.
What Causes Collapsed Arches?A supportive arch works rather like shock absorber. Every step that we take allows us to place up to 5 times our body weight of pressure on our feet. If our arches have been weakened each step that we take could seriously damage the bones in our feet and legs, and also cause severe lower back problems. This is because we depend on the support of the shock absorbing arch to provide flexibility of movement.
Any weakening of the muscles in the arches of your foot will cause the arches to collapse. Pressure that is applied to this supportive area of your foot, for lengthy periods of time, may also cause pain and discomfort and will result in the muscles stretching and weakening.
How To Reduce PainWearing shoes that provide good arch support is essential. This also means ensuring your sports footwear is suitable for the activity. Wearing insoles that support the foot arches is recommended, as is fitting a heel pad or cushion, which slightly lifts the heel and reduces pressure on your arches. A heel cup or cushion will also help minimise any shock pain caused by the impact of pressure.
An ice massage will help reduce inflammation, whilst also relieving pressure and tension. Regularly stretching your calf muscles will also be beneficial, as it reduces tightness.