At Oxford Osteopaths we often see patients with heel pain or Achilles tendon problems. These conditions are best treated with a combination of massage, osteopathy, good exercises and stretches
The Achilles tendon is the combined tendon of the two calf muscles. Despite being the strongest tendon in the body, it can sometimes be overloaded, causing soft tissue damage and pain.
Pain under the heal or foot arch
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain in the heel, across the sole of the foot and often into the arch area of the foot too. It is caused by swelling of the ‘plantar fascia’ ligament which takes the strain when you stand, walk or run.
The condition can affect anybody, but it is most common amongst people over the age of 40. Overuse is thought to be the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, along with being overweight or having altered biomechanics e.g. people with flat feet or high arched feet or those with tight calves.
Oxford Osteopaths can help
We treat many cases of common foot and ankle pain conditions. We can also advise on any additional arch supports that may be required.