Morgan our general practice osteopath and specialist at the Art of Healing clinic is an expert on treating patients who have suffered from intense pain in the heel of the foot; the condition called Plantar Fasciitis. He gives us some of his insight and expert advice on treating this condition.
“Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This gives a lot of pain in the heel of the foot, and sometimes into the calf and rest of the foot or ankle joint - this is usually one of the hallmark signs of Plantar Fasciitis.”
“Most patients that come into the clinic are usually suffering from intense pain at the bottom of their heel upon standing or weight-bearing.
Almost all patients report that the morning is always the worst. After a few steps, the heel pain improves and may even tend to go away after the day goes on but the pain does always return – especially when initially getting up after a period of inactivity and is often described as tearing or stepping on broken glass.”
“Someone who is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis will find it very crippling! There are various degrees of it. I've seen patients for whom its just a constant pain in the foot that they feel every day – and it can really affect their lives -stopping them from walking long distances – even short distances!
It can stop you from playing sport or even make one nervous about spending time with your children or grand children, or working on a shop floor, for example – just because the pain in the feet are so bad.
Plantar Fasciitis is something that unfortunately doesn’t go away without treatment. It can have a massive impact and interfere with someone’s personal and work life.”
“We have the gold standard treatment for Plantar Fasciitis which is shockwave therapy – the NHS and National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommend this - but quote that, with just standard physiotherapy alone Plantar Fasciitis can take 16-18 months to get better, and even with excellent hands on therapy such as osteopathy and acupuncture.
Unfortunately, it is not a quick fix, it usually takes around 6 months with treatment. The shockwave therapy that is available in our clinic can reduce this time massively.
We have a very high success rate but it also takes a lot of dedication from the patient as well – you must keep stretching the muscles around and take on all our advice given in regard to stretches - It is my job to get someone to a place with Plantar Fasciitis where they can manage it on their own and that’s what sets us apart from others.
We pride ourselves at The Art of Healing to come up with tailored support plan for each individual client – for example, a patient that has an office job and who sits down a lot - we will need to advise on exercises they are able to do to help and fit around their lifestyle during the working day. As opposed to a patient who is on their feel all day for example, or who has a marathon coming up.
It’s not a one fits all advice given; we work with the client to come up with bespoke ways which fit in with the client’s everyday life.”
“Morgan has been a life saver. I had plantar fasciitis several years ago – saw the NHS physio and it helped at the time but then it just came back a few months later! I had tried insoles and massage – but it was really bad – couldn't go the shops without dreading the pain.
The treatment I've received has been amazing. Morgan has been really kind, reassuring and taken the steps to explain every step of treatment – but most importantly – I feel better! I feel so good I've signed up for a 10k in a few months time – something I could never dream would be possible!”
Are you suffering from plantar fasciitis – a sharp pain in your heel or foot? Are you finding your current treatment ineffective? Are you looking for expert hands on treatment and advice for your condition?
Have a chat to our experts in our clinic to see how we could help treat yourPlantar fasciitis – call us today on 0203 146 6755 or book online at www.theartofhealing.uk!