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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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