Painful heels and arch and the foot are among the most common complaints seen by the Peninsula Foot clinic team. Heel pain may be a sudden or more gradual onset and can vary from first step pain in the morning to achy feet by the end of the day.
What is the arch?
The arch of the foot generally refers to the curved shape on the inside of the foot, a complex structure of bones, ligaments , joints and muscles. Much likethe span of a bridge the arch supports our body weight as we land and move across the ground , assisting with shock absorbtion.
Poor foot posture, inadequate support in shoes and other impact stresses can contribute to dysfunction of the arch … and PAIN!
Foot conditions that can present in the heel and arch region:
- Plantar heel pain
- Heel spurs
- Tarsal tunnel Syndrome
- “fallen Arches “
- Tibialis Posterior dysfunction
- Tibialis Anterior tendonitis
- Achilles tendon pain9 tendonitis/tendinopathy
Correct assessment and Diagnosis will help guide best management of your heel and arch pain- Let Peninsula foot Clinic help you.
Tip- a supportive shoe that is right for foot and your chosen activity will prevent many painful heel and arch conditions.