Arch pain after running

I was running for a bus in unsupportive shoes and I think I came down on my foot very hard or awkwardly. The arch now hurts slightly when I walk on it, worse on stairs and up/down slopes, but does not really hurt when resting or if I press the arch. Is this likely just a strained tendon, or some kind of stress fracture?

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. It sounds like you stressed the plantar fascia or a tendon that crosses your arch. Arch pain is one of the most common overuse injuries in the foot & ankle but this typically resolves with rest, icing, stretching and supportive footwear. I recommend icing the bottom of your foot for 15 minutes 2x a day and taking oral anti-inflammatories (if you have no stomach issues). In addition, I would suggest wearing supportive footwear and stretching your calves for at least 5 minutes 3x a day. If your pain persists after 2 weeks, I would see a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you and guide your treatment.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

  2. Basil seeto

    Hi. I had an ankle injury over a year ago and I’m just getting back in to normal running routine and various exercises after a long period of rehabilitation. Recently I’m experiencing pain after I run and first thing in the morning over the area of my feet arch immediately after the heel part. It hurts to press and can be painful to walk on at times. Is there any treatment that I can apply to get rid of the pain? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.


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