Treating Heel & Arch Pain
The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot; it bears all of the body’s weight with each step. The stress placed on the heel bone and its associate structures is tremendous and makes it susceptible to what is known as plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome.
The pain that results is caused by inflammation at the interface of the plantar fascia and heel bone. The fascia constitutes the long band of fibers attached at the bottom of the heel bone and extended to where the toes begin. It also helps create the arch of the foot. Planar fasciitis and heel spurs typically result from abnormalities like flat foot, high-arched foot, and tight Achilles tendon. Other causes of stress on the heel and plantar fascia include recent weight gain, high impact athletic activities, prolonged standing or walking, trauma, lower back problems and arthritis.