Heel Pain - Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition of pain and inflammation of a band of connective tissue called the plantar fascia.


The plantar fascia originates at the calcaneus (heel bone) and inserts into the forefoot. It’s main role is to maintain arch height and facilitate efficient push off whilst we walk or run. Due to  the constant movement and excessive load happening within our feet, the plantar fascia may become easily inflamed, bruised or overstretched causing heel and arch pain.


In many cases, plantar fasciitis may often be associated with a heel spur. Heel spurs are calcium deposits situated on the  underside of the calcaneus. They are often painless, however can be associated with heel and arch pain due to their link with plantar fasciitis.



Risk Factors for Heel & Arch Pain Include:

  • Foot posture; Flat feet or high arches
  • Increasing age
  • Excess weight and obesity
  • Excessive time spent on ones feet
  • Walking gait anomalies
  • Inadequate footwear