Heel And Arch Pain, What Can I Do?

Heel and arch pain

Experiencing heel and arch pain, particularly during the morning, can be incredibly debilitating. This discomfort may temporarily subside with walking but often persists throughout the day, causing constant discomfort. While commonly referred to as ‘policeman’s heel’, the medical term for this condition is actually ‘plantar fasciitis’.

Policeman’s heel or plantar fasciitis

The reason for the occurrence of this problem is multifaceted. The plantar fascia, the muscular tissue along the sole of the foot that supports the arch, can become damaged and inflamed, leading to discomfort known as plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the issue can be exacerbated by tense calf muscles, which can alter the foot alignment and place additional stress on the plantar fascia. Consequently, this exacerbates the discomfort, further complicating the ability to offer adequate support.


Heel pain treatment

Accurate diagnosis is crucial to determine the correct treatment pathway. It’s important to consider other potential causes, such as a ‘heel spur’, which requires specialised diagnostic skills. Once the diagnosis is established, it may take time to achieve complete pain relief. Therefore, it is crucial to choose the right treatment plan early on. The NHS recommends referral to a podiatrist or chiropodist, as they specialise in addressing such problems. They will thoroughly examine the foot to determine the most effective treatment option that ensures a speedy and discomfort-free recovery.

Stretching exercises targeting both the plantar fascia and calf muscles are often advised. For long-term pain relief and prevention, orthotic support insoles can be worn inside the shoes. These insoles provide support to the arch and help reduce tension in the calf muscles, aiding the healing process and minimising the chances of a recurrence.

Orthotic insoles and foot pain relief

Plantar fasciitis, a condition resulting from compromised foot function, can develop over time due to the average person’s daily four-mile walk. It’s not uncommon to experience heel and arch pain, forefoot discomfort, ankle sprains, and even back problems as a result. To address these concerns, podiatrists or chiropodists may prescribe orthotic insoles, which effectively restore proper foot function. These insoles provide immediate relief for existing issues and ongoing support to prevent future complications, ensuring both comfort and long-term foot health.

Waverley Foot Clinic orthotics insole assessment technology

Please see our video that demonstrates the assessment technology.


Here at the Waverley Foot Clinic, we employ state-of-the-art digital technology to accurately diagnose the root causes of foot pain and issues. This advanced technology provides a comprehensive digital image of foot functionality during walking, eliminating the necessity for outdated foot moulds. Using this invaluable data on foot function, we meticulously craft personalised, comfortable, and highly effective orthotics. Our orthotics offer enduring pain relief for your everyday activities, work, and sports, ensuring your utmost comfort and well-being.

To schedule a consultation, kindly contact the Waverley Foot Clinic at 01252 716611 or visit here for more information.

We look forward to assisting you with your foot care needs.

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Jonathan Kirk - Lead Chiropodist / Podiatrist and Practice Owner | MChS BSc (Hons)

Mr Jonathan Kirk is the proud owner and manager of Waverley Clinic. With a diverse background in healthcare, he first embarked on his professional journey as a Registered General Nurse. Subsequently, he carved out a successful career in the UK medical industry, excelling in sales and senior management roles. As his passion for podiatry grew stronger, Jonathan made the decision to further his education as a mature student, pursuing a BSc (Hons) degree in podiatry. Now, he resides in Farnham, utilising his extensive clinical and podiatric expertise to benefit his patients.

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