Monthly Archives - February 2020

Why is heel pain so painful,#PodsHealHeels

Why is heel pain so painful? This is a common question we are asked on a daily basis at South West Podiatry. Heel pain is a common musculoskeletal condition presented to our Podiatry team on a daily basis and our patients can not believe how debilitating heel pain can be. In order to undertake even the most simplest of daily activities we need walk and stand for large periods of the day. Why is heel pain so painful? The reasons why is largely due to the amount of stress that is put through the heel during walking and standing. There are many treatment options available !

Why does an individual develop heel pain?

There are a number reasons why someone may develop heel pain and some of these are listed below.

  • Obesity greater weight being put upon the foot
  • Overuse of the foot from sports such as running
  • Age,
    • Young children can develop heel pain as the calcaneus the bone in the heel is still developing.
    • The elderly when the fat pad which absorbs a lot of the force starts to diminish.
  • Disease such as some inflammatory arthropathies
  • Poorly fitting and or in appropriate footwear

How can our team help if you have heel pain?

During an initial consultation with our experienced podiatry team, we will fully assess your feet and take a full history of your symptoms. Your podiatrist will discuss a specific treatment plan for your condition and organise a unique management plan to reduce your symptoms and improve your condition. We also have a video library of rehabilitation exercises in our patient resource which your podiatrist can discuss with you.

An Advanced Analysis may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on the plantar fascia or foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Heel Pain #PodsHealHeels

The first day of the National #PodsHealHeels event has taken place and here we catch up with one of our Podiatrist’s Mr Liam McManus, to review an advanced analysis at the #earlsfield foot and ankle clinic

When a client has plantar fasciitis, there are many evidence based medicine treatment options available within South West Podiatry to resolve symptoms, such as ShockWave Therapy or Cortico-Steroid injection therapy, rehabilitation and Orthotic therapy

An Advanced Analysis may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress the Foot or Ankle, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Painful heels, #PodsHealHeels,

plantar fasciitis south west podiatry

Painful Heels is this common?

Painful heels are a common complaint presented to our Podiatry team at South West Podiatry. In the month of February Podiatrist will promote the campaign #PodsHealHeels to help the fight against Painful heels whilst educating people on heel pain and the specialist role in which Podiatrists have in managing this debilitating condition.

#podshealheels campaign poster

#PodsHealHeels campaign is designed to provide more awareness of Painful heels, the complexity of the condition and the difficulties in identifying the various causes of heel pain. In the next series of articles we will discuss why heel pain is so painful, the various clinical and imaging methods we use to help diagnose the cause of heel pain and the various specialist treatments Podiatrist use to resolve heel pain.

Causes of heel pain

There are many conditions that effect the heel therefore heel pain should be classed as plantar heel pain until a firm diagnosis is made. Plantar fasciitis, bursitis, stress fractures, S1 radiculopathy, nerve entrapments and cysts are conditions around the bottom of your heel which our team of podiatrists assess and manage.

If you have been suffering with heel pain for more than six weeks then an initial consultation with our experienced podiatry team would be highly recommended. In that consultation we will fully assess your feet and take a full history of your symptoms. Your podiatrist will discuss a specific treatment plan for your condition and organise a unique management plan to reduce your symptoms and improve your condition. We also have a video library of rehabilitation exercises in our patient resource which your podiatrist can discuss with you.

A Gait analysis / Biomechanical examination may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on the plantar fascia or foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms of plantar heel pain which are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.

Over the next month we will provide more information on heel pain and help you fight the war against heel pain #PodsHealHeels.

New Patients need to book an initial consultation with our Podiatry team, at one of our locations.

Speak to our experienced reception team to book an initial consultation today on 020 7164 6607 or you can book online.

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