What is #PodsHealHeels?
#PodsHealHeels is a national campaign to build awareness of what podiatrists can do.
10% of people experience heel pain. It is the most common sports injury, and those long distance runners, with 10% of runners experiencing pain.
What can a podiatrist do?
The lower limb, especially the foot, is our specialist area. Podiatrists are degree educated hcpc registered professionals, we can assess, diagnose and treat.
Make Podiatry the first profession you visit for your feet#PodsHealHeels
Why does my heel hurt? #PodsHealheels
There are so many different conditions that could affect your heel, here are a few:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Bone tumour
- Bursitis (joint inflammation)
- Haglund’s deformity
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
- Paget’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Reactive arthritis
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
- Sarcoidosis (collections of inflammatory cells in the body)
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
How do we assess your feet? #PodsHealheels
At Zest Podiatry & Physio we are trained in assessing the joints in the lower limb through our knowledge of biomechanics. We can offer a full musculoskeletal treatment plan using our knowledge alongside in-house diagnostic techniques and equipment.
Lets book you in for an initial MSK assessment.
At this initial appointment we will assess joint range of movement, tendon and muscle strength and ligament flexibility so that we can see what structure is injured/painful – this is a static assessment which informs the treatment plan. You can book the initial assessment directly online.
I want to know even more, so let’s have a full MSK assessment.
We assess joint range of movement (using goniometers), tendon and muscle strength (using dynamometers) and ligament flexibility (using inclinometers) to accurately measure each aspect of the static test. This also allows data to be captured and used for future assessments and progress management. The static assessment helps to inform the treatment plan. #PodsHealHeels
We use the Walk/Run3D gait analysis to accurately measure movements at the hip, pelvis, knees and ankles whilst you are walking and/or running. This dynamic assessment helps us identify any asymmetrical movements, abnormal patterns in your gait and which structures are being overused, compensating or not used at all.
We produce a report combining the static and dynamic tests, to accurately pinpoint what your joints, muscles and limbs are doing as you take each step. This further informs our treatment plan and the outcome goals we agree with you.
What are the treatment options for injured & painful heels
From either of our assessments, we can propose a treatment plan comprising of one or more of the following :
- Exercise or rehabilitation plan
- Gait retraining
- Footwear advice
- Shockwave therapy
- Sports Massage
And, if we believe you need referral to other experts we can arrange for that too. Supporting #PodsHealHeels