Why Do My Arches Hurt in the Morning?

Ahh, our favorite pair of shoes. We all can think of a pair we’ve been through many a season with and there’s no end in sight. And while you’re walking on sunshine, your arches may be telling you something else. 

Do your arches hurt in the morning? It’s a common problem, but what’s not so common is figuring out what’s causing it. There are a few things that could be causing your morning arch pain. One possibility is that you’re not wearing the right shoes. If your arches are weak, you need supportive shoes to help them get through the day. Another possibility is that you’re over-training. You’re putting stress on your feet when you run religiously. Activities, put to the limit, can cause the arches of your feet to experience arch pain. 

Maybe you’re someone with high arches—meaning your feet don’t flatten when you walk. This can also lead to pain in the morning since your feet are working harder than they should be. There are other possible causes of morning arch pain, but we’ll cover the most common ones. If you’re having trouble figuring out what’s causing your pain, it might be a good idea to see a podiatrist for help. Don’t borrow your friend’s diagnosis. See a pro when you can. 

If you have flat feet, your feet bear all your weight when standing up. There are also underlying issues that aren’t in plain sight, like arthritis or a foot fracture. In this case, it’s best to see a doctor to get some answers. 

How Can I Treat My Morning Arch Pain?

*Yawn* ”Ouch!”—this may resonate with you. Unfortunately, there can be many causes of arch pain and diagnosing the problem is not always easy. If you’re sick of your daily AM arch ache there are a few home remedies also that can help. 

Here are a few things you can do to help treat your morning arch pain:

  1. Apply ice or a cold compress to the area for fifteen minutes, three times a day.
  2. Take ibuprofen or another type of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.
  3. Wear supportive shoes or inserts when on your feet all day. This will help to correct your biomechanics and take the strain off your feet.
  4. Stretch your calf muscles and Achilles tendon regularly.
  5. Massage the area around your arches regularly.
  6. Get a professional massage therapy session on the books to help loosen up your muscles and ligaments in that area. And finally, if you have aching for an extended period of time, act now. See a doctor for treatment.

When Should I See a Doctor for My Morning Arch Pain?

Some of the most common causes of morning arch pain are plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and arthritis. All of these conditions can be treated with simple rehab, medication, or surgery. One visit to a podiatrist can make a huge difference to your livelihood. 

If your morning arch pain is severe and persists for more than a week, you should make an appointment to see a doctor. Listen to your arches!