Arch Pain

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The arch of the foot is a complex, weight-bearing structure that accepts and transfers load, can adapt to uneven terrain and provide shock absorption. Many different injuries and conditions can cause arch pain. This article serves as a guide to the conditions described in the Foot and Ankle Knowledge Base.


Symptoms can vary with each injury or condition. This article is a guide to conditions found on this site.


The arch of the foot consists of multiple bones called tarsal and metatarsal bones. Tarsal bones are strong, load-bearing bones that interlock like a jigsaw puzzle, connected by dense ligaments and surrounding tendons. Motion in the arch takes place in a series of joints called the midtarsal joints. 

The following is a list of common arch conditions. Click on each highlighted link for more information.

When to Call Your Doctor

Arch pain that does not respond to a reasonable period of conservative care should be evaluated by your podiatrist or orthopedist.

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Dr. Jeffrey OsterThis article was written by medical adviser Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM

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Cite this article as - Oster, Jeffrey.  Arch Pain.

Most recent article update - May 11, 2020.

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