Symptoms associated with menstruation, right before the menstrual cycle begins, at the end of the menstrual cycle, include cramps, edema, lower back weakness, and menstrual anemia.
Menstrual cramps generally affect muscle groups of the mid to lower body. The onset of the menstrual cycle is often characterized by edema in the legs and ankles and cramps in the abdomen, legs and feet. Swelling of the feet may also occur in some women.
Check to see if there is accompanying edema or swelling in the ankles with the tightness in the arch muscles.
Try taking some dong quai or eat some tofu.