Arch and Ball Problems

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Arch painHigh arches, low arches, neutral arches, or no arches--the structure of your feet impacts daily life. Each step that is taken results in pressure and strain on the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that make up the feet. The arches play a role in shock absorption and the distribution of stress across the feet. If the pressure isn’t absorbed, or redirected evenly, other areas must compensate.

In fact, issues related to poor foot structure such as flat feet (little to no arches) can cause pain all the way up the body. A chain reaction takes place as the ankle rolls in farther (over-pronation) to accommodate the lack of arch. The effects don’t stop at the ankle though—the knees, hips, and lower back are also affected. Arches that are too high increase the likelihood of heel pain and ball-of-the-foot pain. 

What Can be Done to Help?

Proper footwear and custom orthotics are often the best way to combat conditions that result from faulty foot mechanics. A visit to the Houston, TX office of Dr. Robert Parker will determine the cause of your foot and ankle pain. Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan will be designed to meet your needs and resolve your pain in the most effective, conservative way possible.

What are common arch and ball foot conditions?

  • Capsulitis - If excessive weight is felt on the ball-of-the-foot, the ligaments of the second toe may become irritated. Treatment is imperative since the symptoms will progress if not properly addressed.

  • Flat Feet - Little or no arch leads to this foot structure label that often results in over-pronation. Some people experience no foot pain, however, the effects may be felt in other areas such as the ankles.

  • Metatarsalgia - The ball-of-the-foot is found near the base of the toes, and becomes painful due to a sustained increase of stress on that area. A common foot condition, many people experience symptoms around the big toe, or near the second, third, and fourth toes.

  • Plantar Fibromas - The arch of the foot can be affected by these benign growths that typically appear on the bottom of the foot. The tumors can be found in one or both of the feet.

  • Sesamoiditis - The sesamoid bones are housed inside tendons that lead to the big toe. When these bones become irritated, ball-of-the-foot pain results.

Healthy feet feel good. If you are experiencing arch or ball-of-the-foot pain, there is a reason. Dr. Parker is Houston’s High Tech Podiatrist and has over thirty years of experience in podiatric medicine. Put his experience to work for you, and address your foot pain today. Call the Houston, TX office, or request an appointment online.