Heel pain in an exceptionally common problem encountered by our Podiatrists. In fact a recent study showed that 4% of the population has heel pain at any time!, furthermore research estimates that approximately 40% of the population will experience “heel or arch pain” at some point in their lives!


Plantar Fasciitis, the clinical term for arch pain, on its own accounts for 8% of all running injuries. This is because our heel bone is normally our first point of contact with the ground when we walk or run, when we walk we put roughly 1.25 times our body weight through our heel bone (Calcaneus), when we run we this becomes an average of 2.75 times our body weight- no wonder we see it so often!!


Heel and/or arch pain is a very complex problem with many conditions affecting the area. Some common presentations include but are not limited to;


  • Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Heel spurring
  • Plantar fat pad pain syndrome
  • Heel bursitis
  • Haglunds deformity
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Severs disease
  • Bone bruise (contusion)
  • Bone cyst


As you can see there are so many causes of heel pain that treatment is often varied and tailored to each individual patient, at South East Podiatry we can offer a wide array of different treatment options for each of the above conditions depending on your presentation.


Common treatments include;


  • Home based rehabilitation program(s) including strengthening and stretching
  • Eccentric loading
  • Rest
  • Ice/heat packs
  • Massage
  • Offloading (orthotics, insoles, taping)
  • RSWT (Radial Shockwave Therapy)
  • Injection therapy (Phototherapy, corticosteroids, Platelet Rich Plasma)


With heel pain an accurate diagnosis is key to determining an effective treatment program with the very best long term prognosis. At South East Podiatry we are experts in accurately assessing, diagnosing and treating all types of heel/arch pain in all population groups, with access to state of the art biomechanical assessment tools, EMS Dolorclast shockwave treatment and further training in dry needling, injection therapy and biomechanics we are an industry leader in treating heel pain.


If you experience heel pain it’s nice to know what are some of the common causes of the condition before you are able to get in to see us.


Common causes include;


  • Genetic tighness
  • Body weight
  • Activity (work, sport stresses)
  • overuse
  • Poor footwear
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Poor foot mechanics/posture


We also believe every person suffering heel or arch pain is curable, with over 50,000 cases in 12 years having consulted one of expert Podiatrists at South East Podiatry.


If you or someone you know experiences heel pain, why put up with it, an answer may be just around the corner at SEP, give us a call and remember ‘performance starts with your feet’