Heel or Arch Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Inflammation of the thick band of connective tissue (planta fascia) extending along the sole of the foot from the heel towards the toes. Affects 10% population over time and would be one of the most common foot complaints. This inflammation creates pain usually on the heel and sometimes extends along to the arch. Sometimes there may be pain along the outside border of the heel.
Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning as the fascia tightens up overnight. After a few minutes it eases as the foot gets warmed us. As the condition becomes more severe the pain can get worse throughout the day. It is usually associated with long periods of weight bearing, incorrect shoes (heels for women), overweight people and runners who overpronate.
How we can help: After careful assessment to find the primary cause, we may recommend footwear modifications, specifically designed padding, orthotic devices and stretching programs to relieve the pain and prevent further damage.