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Sports Medicine/Sudden pain in arch of foot



55 year old female, in pretty good physical shape, not overweight.  I walk for fitness, stretch and do mild yoga (shoulder issues) and swim here and there.  A week ago I was walking barefoot in my apartment and I felt like I had stepped on something sharp or blunt but I could not find anything obvious on my rug.  I thought maybe it was a dried piece of food or something that hardened that I stepped on.  The skin was not broken and there was no bruise, so I just figured it would go away.

The night before I walked about a mile (slowly) wearing Chaco sandals that do have a good arch support.  Since my feet are quite small for an adult, I wear the kids version which have a less rigid sole than the adult. I also took a trip abroad earlier this month and wore same sandals walking long distances, also alternated with Brooks running shoes.

I have felt some aching at rest and sometimes have awakened at night.  I am afraid this is the beginning of plantar fasciitis but it is not in my heel, it is right in my arch.  I have started gentle calf stretching, and exercises I found online and currently have my foot on a bag of frozen peas. I have started magnesium supplements at night, usually take 250 but upped it to 500 mg.

Also, I live in a 4th floor walkup so have stairs to deal with.  I am in the process of finding a new place to live.   This worries me.

Do you think I should see a podiatrist right away or are self-care techniques OK for now?

Hi Rita- absolutely be proactive & see podiatrist. Plantar fasciitis affects the arch as well as the heel. What you're doing with mild stretching & ice is helpful- continue same. Might want to take, if no stomach problems, 2 ibuprophen 2x/day for anti inflammatory for 5-7 days. You might have bruised your arch stepping on something or pulled or stretched some fascia fibers. Stair climbing is a challenge but you gotta do it - wear your walking shoes with good support, --sandles with good support in house. Try some soft Dr.Scholls soft arch supports in your sneakers gradually & if good, "live in em" until you see podiatrist. Good luck - Hope this helps... Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.


Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed shows

BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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