Heel and Foot Pain Clinic

Struggling to solve heel or foot pain? We are a team of podiatrists who specialise in biomechanics and structural podiatry of the foot and leg, and our goal is to get you pain free through the use of assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment.

A specialist centre of excellence, serving the North East and North Yorkshire.

Phrases we hear on a regular basis include:

  • I feel like I’m walking on warm stones
  • I’ve got a burning or tingling sensation in my feet
  • The pain goes into my toes
  • I’ve got numbness in the balls of my feet
  • I feel like I’m walking on a marble

There are too many foot conditions to list them all but a few of the issues we see are:

  • Heel spurs and nerve entrapments, Mortons Neuroma (you can find more information on Mortons Neuroma here)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Metatarsalgia – pain across balls of the feet
  • Shin splints – pain along the front of the shin
  • Sports injuries – achilles tendonitis, running injuries

At our dedicated Heel & Foot Pain Clinic we have a large and varied range of treatment methods at our disposal.  It is extremely important that we treat the cause rather than the symptom, as our goal is to get you pain free for good, rather than achieve a quick fix, or simply mask the problem.  It is this long term approach that we have built our strong reputation on.

Initially, we will carry out a thorough consultation and assessment which enables us to establish the reason for your pain.  There are 43 known main reasons for heel pain and it can often have been misdiagnosed, so it is important to establish the true cause of your symptoms. We will look at the whole body in terms of posture and movement, so as to determine the underlying cause.  From this, we can then design and implement a bespoke treatment plan that is right for you, helping to get you back to pain free activity as quickly as possible.  With over 200 muscles, ligaments and tendons, 35 joints and thousands of nerve endings, in each foot and leg, each patient and case is different and it is therefore important that plans are tailored specifically to you.

Some of the treatment methods we employ include:

  • Tendon and ligament rehabilitation
  • EMS Radial Shockwave Therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Foot Mobilisation
  • Foot Manipulation
  • Referrals to other specialists

By utilising a number of these approaches together, we can achieve the most positive outcome.

 

Tendon and ligament rehabilitation

These are comprehensive, structured programmes, tailored to you, to repair and strengthen damaged ligaments, tendons and associated muscular or skeletal structures.  When required, these are essential to achieving positive long term outcomes.

 

EMS Radial Shockwave Therapy

EMS Radial Shockwave is the industry leading technology for the treatment of chronic tendon damage.  As a leading Heel and Foot pain clinic we have invested in this leading technology due to it’s proven strong clinical outcomes.

Employed by many of the worlds leading sports industries including the Olympics, Premiership Football and International Rugby Union, EMS Radial Shockwave Therapy can provide quick and effective pain relief and stimulate initial healing.  It is important it is used alongside rehabilitation programmes to maintain a long lasting positive outcome.  The Shockwave treatment can provide pain relief in the short term to enable you to return to activities comfortably, in on average 6 weeks.  Three treatment sessions are required.

 

Orthotics

Orthotics are custom made insoles, or off the shelf insoles, that provide support and stability. In turn they can help relieve pain and prevent injuries. Our podiatrist can advise on the most suitable type for your problem, after a biomechanical assessment.  We will also investigate your body’s ability to fix itself first. For example, it could be that manipulation techniques could be used to improve function and relieve foot and leg pain, thereby negating the need for orthotics.  Where orthotics are required, to ensure they stay current with your body’s changing needs, we will put together a rehabilitation plan that is tailor made for you.

 

Foot Manipulation and Mobilisation

Foot Manipulation and Mobilisation works by relieving pain and improving the mobility and congruency of joints in the feet, which in turn allows muscles to work more efficiently around those joints.  It is a hands on highly skilled treatment that is extremely effective.

 

Referrals

If a referral to a different field or specialty is required, this will be evaluated, discussed and where appropriate arranged for you.