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Heel Pain

Probably the most common complaint presenting at Lakeside Podiatry is heel pain. Pain in the heel or arch often indicates inflammation of the long band of tissue under the foot (the plantar fascia). It can cause sharp pain and discomfort in either the mid arch region or at the heel. It frequently causes pain upon rising from rest (especially first thing in the morning) and can progress to agony by the end of the day.


Although plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of this heel pain, it must be differentially diagnosed from other conditions via a thorough history taking and physical examination. Assessments are guided towards finding the cause of the injury, often mechanical in origin.

Management may include:

  • stretching and strengthening

  • footwear modification

  • orthotics 

  • compression sleeves/socks

  • dry needling

  • massage

  • laser therapy

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