Foot Arch Painaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Feet Issues

What is Foot Arch Pain?

Foot arch pain refers to discomfort or aching felt in the anatomical arch of the foot, which spans the tarsal and metatarsal bones. This condition can result from a variety of factors, ranging from structural imbalances and overuse to inadequate footwear. Often linked with conditions such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet, foot arch pain can significantly impact mobility and quality of life.

How does TCM view Foot Arch Pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perceives foot arch pain through a holistic lens, often attributing it to blockages or imbalances in the body's energy pathways, or meridians. Central to TCM is the concept that pain arises from the Stagnation of Qi (life energy) and Blood within these meridians.

Consequently, the Spleen, which governs the muscles and limbs and is pivotal in producing Qi and Blood, is commonly considered in cases of foot arch pain. Identifying and rectifying the specific disharmony, whether it be a deficiency or stagnation, is the cornerstone of TCM treatment.

Acupoints for Foot Arch Pain

For those suffering from foot arch pain, TCM suggests several therapeutic acupoints. Notably, the Gongsun SP-4 point on the Spleen Channel is often recommended. Found in a niche below the base of the first metatarsal bone, this point is celebrated for its efficacy in regulating and harmonizing the Spleen and Stomach, essential for maintaining the integrity of the muscles and limbs.

It is also believed to influence the Penetrating Vessel, which is crucial for the body's internal harmony and menstrual regulation. Stimulating Gongsun SP-4 is said to promote the smooth flow of Qi and Blood, thereby alleviating pain and facilitating healing in the foot's arch.

See more details below about Gongsun SP-4, an acupoint used to address foot arch pain.

  • By Meridian
  • Spleen Channel
Gongsun SP-4

Gongsun SP-4

In the depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st metatarsal bone, at the border of the red and white skin.