No More Pain: Heel and Arch Pain Treatment at The Footwork Clinic

We know how tough it can be to deal with heel and arch pain.


It’s not just about the discomfort; it can really get in the way of your day. That’s why The Footwork Clinic offers a heel and arch pain treatment that’s long-lasting and genuinely effective. We’ve got your back (and your feet).


Many of us have experienced that unexpected jolt of sudden heel pain, leaving us puzzled and seeking answers.


Whether it’s a result of a heel spur or that nagging pain under a foot arch, understanding the root cause is the first step to finding relief.

Let’s address how you can deal with heel and arch pain with the most advanced treatment the Footwork Clinic provides. Learn how you can avoid this torturous pain in the future.


Underlying Cause of Heel and Arch Pain

The underlying cause of heel and arch pain can be attributed to various conditions, which include:


  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar fasciosis
  • Calcaneal apophysitis
  • Baxter’s nerve entrapment
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.


However, the most common cause is plantar fasciitis.


Plantar fasciitis often manifests as sudden heel pain, feeling most intense during the early hours or after long breaks. One major cause is the incorrect movement of the foot and leg, which can lead to this ailment.


Consistent stress and pressure on the plantar fascia might result in damage, swelling, and even the emergence of a heel spur. It’s worth noting that heel spurs can be present for a long time without causing any discomfort.


Traditional remedies, like using foot supports, sound wave treatments, bandaging, and flexibility exercises might offer temporary relief. But, it’s essential to tackle the root cause, often the misalignment of the foot and ankle, to truly alleviate persistent heel pain.


Treatments, including tissue relaxation methods and shockwave treatments, have shown promise in enhancing movement and lessening pain for those with plantar fasciitis.


The Footwork Clinic is dedicated to addressing heel and arch pain, providing comprehensive care to positively impact our clients.


Why Choose the Footwork Clinic for Treatment


At The Footwork Clinic, we believe in addressing the root cause of foot pain, rather than just treating symptoms. Our skilled practitioners focus on correcting the biomechanical misalignment of the foot and ankle, helping you find long-term relief and improved foot function.


We offer specialised treatment options for heel and arch pain, including advanced manual therapies and cutting-edge techniques like shockwave therapy.


Our team of expert foot health professionals is dedicated to providing thorough clinical assessment and developing personalised treatment plans to effectively address common foot complaints like sudden heel pain and plantar fasciitis.


Treatments Offered by The Footwork Clinic




Foot Mobilisation TechniquesImproves joint mobility by breaking up connective tissue adhesions and restrictions around joints. Diagnoses and corrects misalignment of the foot and ankle.
Trigenics® Functional Muscle NeurologyReprograms the way the brain communicates with the body to instantly relieve pain, increase strength and movement, and enhance performance. It treats conditions, such as heel pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis / fasciosis, heel spurs
Shockwave TherapyUses high-intensity sound waves to break down targeted scar/fibrotic tissues and stimulate tissue repair, penetrating up to 4cm deep to incite the body’s healing mechanisms. Approximately 80% of all patients report a significant improvement after just three treatment sessions.
Western Medical AcupuncturePromotes pain reduction, accelerates local healing, turns off active myofascial trigger points, reduces chronic and widespread pain in the lower body, and provides a calming and analgesic effect.
Movement Assessment TechnologiesUses a functional assessment, treatment, and exercise rehabilitation system to collect measurable information on body function through movement-based assessment. This helps in improving intervention and tracking progress over time.
Low Level Laser TherapyUses a laser to bring about a photochemical reaction at a cellular level, influencing metabolic processes, stimulating tissue repair, and relieving pain. It is non-invasive, eye-safe, and painless.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue MobilisationUses specifically shaped, medical-grade instruments to diagnose and treat soft tissue dysfunction, breaking down scar tissue, releasing soft tissue adhesions, increasing circulation, and redirecting collagen formation.
Active Release TechniquesAn effective hands-on release technique that improves pain and movement. Recognised globally as the gold standard for soft-tissue injury treatment. It identifies the nature of the lesion (tear, adhesion, myofasciitis, crush, etc.) and the exact tissue involved. The treatment involves applying directed tension to abnormal or scar tissue alongside specific patient movements.
InterX Neurostimulation TherapyA non-invasive, drug-free, and painless technology designed for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. It includes applying stimulation to the nerves across the skin, and the body releases its natural pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins. It also provides stimulation to the cutaneous (skin) nerves, regulating the body’s pain, signalling an inflammatory response.


Lifestyle and Dietary Factors Affecting Heel and Arch Pain


What you eat and how you live can influence the aches you feel.


The choices you make in your diet and daily routine can greatly affect pain in areas like the heels and arches of your feet. Inflammation, often seen in issues like arthritis and plantar fasciitis, can be aggravated by certain foods.


Consuming items rich in processed grains, sugars, unhealthy fats, the fats found in red meat, and omega-6 fats present in cooking oils might increase inflammation.


Moreover, ongoing reactions to certain foods, for instance, wheat, can heighten inflammation levels. It also includes foods that spike your blood sugar, such as sugary treats and basic carbs.


By tweaking your diet just a bit, you can lessen the foot discomfort linked to inflammation.


Examples of Foods to Include

Examples of Foods to Avoid

  • Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines)
  • Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)
  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds)
  • Refined grains (white bread, white rice)
  • Sugar and sugary drinks
  • Trans fats (fried foods, pastries)
  • Saturated fats (red meat, full-fat dairy)
  • Omega-6 fats (vegetable oils, margarine)


Conditions like Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and diabetes can lead to foot issues.


Eating a diet that’s low in unhealthy fats and salt, but abundant in fruits and veggies, can help lower the chances of developing PAD. When it comes to diabetes, it’s beneficial to have a diet that stabilises blood sugar. This means including fibre-packed fruits and vegetables, quality proteins, and a balanced amount of whole grains and good fats.


Keeping a balanced weight is also crucial for the well-being of your feet.


Carrying extra weight can exert more pressure on your feet, potentially causing problems like heel and arch pain. By choosing a nutritious diet and staying active, you can maintain a healthy weight and ward off foot issues linked to obesity.


Best Features to Look for When Selecting Shoes to Avoid Heel and Arch Pain


Whether you are suffering from sudden heel pain or have undergone a heel spur treatment, you want to ensure you prevent experiencing this pain again in the future.


Aside from changes in your diet and lifestyle, you also want to have comfortable footwear.


When selecting shoes to alleviate heel and arch pain, look for specific features that provide optimal comfort, support, and shock absorption. These features are designed to lessen the strain on sensitive spots and encourage the right foot alignment, making walking and moving a breeze.


Here’s what to consider


  • Soft Insole: Look for shoes with a comfortable insole for impact protection. This lessens the jolt on your heels and arches, providing relief and preventing further discomfort.
  • Arch Support: Go for footwear that gives proper arch backing to ease pain and steadiness. The arch support should be solid, yet flexible enough to go along with your foot’s natural motion.
  • Wide Toe Box: Shoes with a spacious front let your toes align properly and naturally, cutting down stress on the front part of the foot.
  • Bendy Sole: Shoes with a bendy sole encourage the foot’s natural movement. This spreads the weight uniformly, lessening the tug on heels and arches.
  • Breathable Materials: Opt for footwear that uses breathable materials like mesh or leather. This ensures your feet remain dry and comfy all day.

Final Thoughts

If you’re struggling with heel pain and arch pain, don’t hesitate to consult a podiatrist for an expert assessment and treatment plan.


Heel pain and arch pain are common complaints, with plantar fasciitis being the most frequent cause. The Footwork Clinic specialises in treating these conditions using various techniques such as manual therapy, myofascial release, shockwave therapy, and Trigenics functional muscle neurology.


“4 months ago I came to the clinic suffering from plantar fasciitis. I was in quite a lot of pain with my left foot. More annoying, I wasn’t able to do any daily walks for fear of it worsening.


Wei looked into the structure of my feet, sent me off for bulk-billed X-rays. He then explained the structure of my feet. Over the years this resulted in a number of ailments, up until this time I hadn’t really had any trouble. Wei was the first to explain in detail what can happen if left untreated. He set me on a 12-week plan which initially was 2 appointments a week then tapering down to 1 a week. I had a mixture of functional Footwork intervention along with laser and dry needling. I also set some home exercises to do in a handy app that I could refer back to if I forgot.


I am now completely pain-free!!! Thank you Wei for your professional care and genuine dedication to results.


I will continue to check in for maintenance every couple of months and when needed knowing I’m in the right care.” 


– Lisa B.


Don’t let heel pain and arch pain hold you back. Take proactive steps towards a pain-free life, so you can get back to doing the things you love without discomfort. Don’t suffer in silence – book an appointment now.

Director | Rehabilitation or Rehab / Sports Podiatrist,

Foot Mobilisation & Trigenics® Lower Limb Practitioner, Movement Restoration Coach (MRC™), Strength and Conditioning Coach

Is Pain Impacting Your Life?

You don’t need to live like this. Let us help you!

The Footwork Clinic, situated in Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD, is there to help should you have an injury or condition that you think would benefit from heat or ice treatment. They offer advanced manual therapies and a holistic and corrective care approach, with a proven track record of success in resolving acute and chronic conditions, and they will gladly offer advice to get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

For further information, visit the The Footwork Clinic – Leading Sports, Podiatry, Foot And Lower Limb Corrective Services to book online, or call Mark Lin or his friendly team on +61 2 9131 6891.

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The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.

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