burning pain in the arch of one’s foot.
“If the burning pain in the arch is toward the heel area on the plantar surface (underside) of the foot, a likely cause is a heel spur or plantar fasciitis,” says Bob Thompson, certified pedorthist, executive director, Institute for Preventive Foot Health.
A pedorthist is a medical professional who specializes in designing footwear and devices to alleviate foot pain. “Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the dense band of fibrous tissue that functions as the main support for the arch of the foot,” continues Thompson.
- Sudden increase in exercise intensity
- Faulty biomechanics (e.g., walking on one’s heels, gait abnormality from flat feet or high arch)
- Poorly designed footwear
- Standing for too long
“The posterior tibial tendon runs through the area on the medial (inside) area of the ankle and into the arch area. This type of tendonitis can occur due to injuries related to falls and athletic activities that put stress on the posterior tibial tendon (as basketball, soccer and tennis). Other causes include overuse, degeneration from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or hypertension and obesity."
-Cause of painful heels getting out of bed
Pain after sitting can be caused by arthritis or fibromyalgia