Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
“It seems to come on almost overnight. You get out of bed and get a sharp piercing pain in the centre of the heel. After hobbling around for a few minutes the pain seems to disappear. After prolonged standing the pain comes back like a dull ache”.
This is a common description by sufferers. Heel pain is usually caused by rolling over of the foot (Excess Pronation). As the foot pronates, the arch collapses and the muscles (plantar fascia) and supporting structure are forced to stretch and elongate. This puts traction and strain on the ligaments running from the heel to the toes. In turn, the heel bone ‘responds’ by developing a bony growth right in the centre of the heel – the ‘heel spur’.
By wearing an orthotic shoe insert you will align the foot and control body posture. By supporting the arches and re-aligning the lower limb to its natural angle, orthotics reduces the traction and strain on the plantar fascia, taking away this common cause of heel pain.