Arch Pain


How it feels

Arch pain is usually felt as a stabbing sensation in the arch region.  It can be felt in the distal (closest to the big toe) portion of the arch or slightly past the peak of the arch toward the heel.

Common Causes   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •

Arch pain is most often caused by strained ligaments or tendons.  If the pain is toward the distal portion of the arch (closer to the big toe), it may be related to the attachment of the plantar fascia, which is a major ligament supporting the arch. If the pain is closer to the heel and it feels like it is a little higher on the foot,  it may be the attachment of the tendon connecting to the Tibialis Anterior muscle which plays an important role in stabilizing the arch.  The intrinsic muscles in the arch region may also cause pain.   The most common reason for arch pain is hyperpronation (fallen arches and ankles rolling in).  Hyperpronation causes the heel to lean in, which typically causes increased tension on both the ligament and tendon attachments. 

People who have been wearing arch supports for any length of time may feel significant arch pain when they try to walk barefoot.  This is often due to the foot having lost its ability to support itself and to handle normal tension on ligaments and tendons.  To regain the ability to walk without arch supports and pain, the foot needs to be trained to regain strength.  


Arch pain can be caused by the ligament or tendon attachment or by  trigger points in the intrinsic muscles of the foot



How to eliminate the pain

Reducing hyperpronation and stabilizing the foot is usually the best approach to eliminating arch pain.  When you hyperpronate, the twisting motion of your foot causes the plantar fascia to be stretched, and the dropping arch causes more tension on the Tibialis Anterior tendon.

An arch support may temporarily reduce the pain by immobilizing the arch.  Keep in mind  that any part of the body that is immobilized (like wearing a cast) will weaken, and the muscles will atrophy, so an arch support should only be used  for short periods when initiating the healing process. 





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If you hyperpronate, your arches drop from non-weight bearing (sitting with your feet on the ground) to weight bearing (standing).  When your arches drop, your ankles roll in and your heels lean in (evert) as illustrated in the picture.  Even a small amount of hyperpronation can cause arch pain.


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The Solution - Posture Control Insoles®

Posture Control Insoles® do something no other orthotics can do:  Posture Control Insoles® are the only foot orthotics that naturally reduce hyperpronation by using your own muscles. Instead of weakening your feet with arch supports, you build strength through natural motion.

Even if you feel like your ankles are weak or lean out (supinate), chances are that your feet hyperpronate once your heels lift off the ground.  Posture Control Insoles® will naturally restore your foot function and posture by giving your feet - and your brain - a true read of the ground so your muscles can keep your feet and body balanced.  That's why Posture Control Insoles® work for so many different pain symptoms including arch pain.

The insoles are guaranteed to work for you.  Trim and wear them for 90 days.  If they do not relieve your symptoms to your satisfaction, you may return them for a full refund including shipping and handling charges.  You can also call us - We'll be glad to help you troubleshoot. 


"Normalize Your Feet"



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Getting Started

The ordering process is simple.  Two quick evaluations will tell you exactly what Posture Control Insoles® to buy. 

  • Check your shoe wear pattern

  • Check your foot mechanics

We'll show you exactly how.  Click to proceed with your "2 minute evaluation".

Would you rather just test them in your shoes?  You'll have what you need with the Perfect Fit™ package giving you both the 3.5 mm and the 6.0 mm pair - the second pair at a 40% discount. 

Relief in just a few days: Start by choosing Gender and Size.

*Choose#1 (low) Arch for flat feet and mild Plantar Fasciitis.  Choose #2 (high) Arch for severe Plantar Fasciitis. Otherwise choose NO arch support.

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