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Heel Pain

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) is commonly caused by inflammation of the tissues running from the heel to the toes (plantar fascia). Small tares occur in the tissues after the tissue is stretched and one may notice a sharp or stabbing pain after periods of inactivity such as when sleeping. Over time, if left untreated, the tearing of the tissue may lead to the development of a bony growth on the heel bone called a heel spur.

Causes include being overweight, pregnant, participating in a lot of running and sport, desk jobs where the calf muscle is not being regularly exercised and badly fitting shoes.

Ball of Foot Pain

Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) commonly occurs in women although men do suffer too. There are two types, one caused by intense sport activities, being overweight, walking or standing for long periods of time and hard or high heeled shoes.

Over-pronation is a more common cause of ball of foot pain. This is the collapsing of the arches and rolling inwards of the ankles. Orthotic insoles are very good at treating this problem although it should be noted that most orthotic insoles from your pharmacy or chemist do not have any metatarsal support and are therefore not very effective in the treatment of Metatarsalgia.

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