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.

The heel plays an important role during the gait (walking) cycle its function is to act as a shock absorber, support the individuals body weight and propel the individual forward. Due to the high compressive force that is put through the heel and its associated structures there is a lot force that acts on the bones and soft tissues.

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.

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.

Speak to our experienced reception team to book an initial consultation today on 020 7164 6607 or book online at https://www.swpodiatry.co.uk/

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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 talk about 3 new clients who he reviewed today within our Podiatry practice. They each presented with heel pain and thought they had typical plantar fasciitis. Lets see what happened in clinic today…….

Well now we know that not all heel pain is plantar fasciitis ! With over 40 differential diagnosis around the bottom of your heel, it’s important to see a Podiatrist to help you understand your condition, help you manage your pain and help you resolve symptoms.

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

Speak to our booking team today to find out more about your treatment options by emailing info@swpodiatry.co.uk

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Painful heels, #PodsHealHeels,

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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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