Research, studies, and clinical trials conclusively show that for most types of heel pain, (particularly Plantar Fasciitis) quick fixes such as cortisone injections simply DO NOT work in the long term. This same data shows that for Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs, Achilles related issues, Childhood Severs, and most other types of heel pain, the best outcomes are by far achieved by significantly reducing the weight-bearing stress/strain on the damaged/torn tissue. It sounds simple enough, however, to do this successfully is far from simple, and it often requires that very specific things need to be done in order to achieve it.
Minimising tissue stress does, however, hold the key to resolving even the most stubborn, longstanding heel pain. To minimise this repetitive strain on the damaged tissue, it is first necessary to identify exactly what is causing it. The biomechanical factors which can lead to increased Plantar Fascial/Achilles stress are many and varied (and often complex), and need to be accurately assessed by an experienced practitioner. After they have been identified, the key to complete healing is to not only reduce this stress on the affected tissue, but significantly reduce it...minimise it.
A good example of this is the use of inadequate, non-purpose-made custom orthotics, which do not reduce the stress on the damaged tissue sufficiently to facilitate the healing process. Custom orthotics can be an extremely effective tool for resolving heel pain, however, they need to be made in a certain way to achieve this, and unfortunately this is often not the case with orthotics. A simple modification to your existing orthotics is sometimes all that's required to reduce this weight-bearing stress enough to facilitate the healing of the damaged tissue (often microscopic tears).
So whether you've had Plantar Fasciitis (or another type of heel pain) for 6 days or 6 years, ensuring that you are minimising the stress on the affected tissue is definitely the key to resolving it. To do this successfully takes the care and guidance of an experienced, intuitive and attentive practitioner. With more than 15 years specialising in Heel Pain Treatment, Heal My Heel's Musculoskeletal Podiatrist Steve Lyford will firstly diagnose and assess the nature of your heel pain.
He will then assess your lower limb biomechanics and gait, and establish the underlying causes of your heel pain, before offering his treatment recommendations. Together, with your input and preferences, a treatment plan will be devised. Steve combines the latest and best technology and treatment options with his informative, personalised consultations, together with Heal My Heel's tailored Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs.
Providing essential reference and firm guidelines, they contain educational information, footwear advice, specific stretches/exercises and do’s & don’ts. A rehab program and an extended consultation with Steve, (with perhaps some tension-reducing strapping applied to your foot, and a tutorial on how to apply it yourself), can sometimes be all that's required for a pain free heel.
If your foot function, however, is identified as being inefficient, and this is causing a repetitive strain on the Plantar Fascia/ Achilles Tendon, it may be necessary to reduce this weight-bearing stress (through various means) in order to facilitate the healing process (which will ultimately lead to a pain-free heel).
If your heel pain has become a chronic issue (if you've had it for more than a few months, which usually involves a degree of degeneration in the damaged fibres), it may also be necessary to stimulate the “healing response” in the area, as this healing response can become severely compromised due to this degeneration in the damaged tissue. This is especially the case if the pain has been present for more than a year .
To achieve this we utilise a highly successful HOME USE Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) device, which can be rented and/or purchased from us.
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