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Sometimes steroid injections fail and shock wave can be successful for heel pain

In March this year I talked about shock wave treatment and the benefit for heel pain relief. This short case from Judith highlights that sometimes steroid injections fail and shock wave can indeed be successful. We certainly cannot promise any one treatment will benefit heel pain symptoms but it is encouraging that a non invasive option may make all the difference. Judith is a keen golfer and was desperate to return to her sport as quickly as possible. These are her own words…
“I suffered with dreadful Plantar fasciitis for around three months until the pain was so unbearable I could hardly walk.
After my first consultation with Mr Tollafield he suggested a cortisone injection unfortunately this was not successful.
He then suggested Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) which obviously is less intrusive than surgery.
After the first session there was a significant improvement, by the third treatment the pain was 3 out of 10 and it continues to improve. I cannot thank Mr Tollafield enough. I am now back playing 18 holes of golf three times a week.”
Judith – Lichfield (27th June 2016)

Other tips and personal views:

Sustained improvement can be helped considerably by stretching the heel cord tendon regularly and using orthoses. Please select Self Treatment for further information using the password provided at your first consultation.

Occupations that involve 8 hours standing or heavy use of the foot are at greatest risk in the 40-65 age group. Males and females are equally exposed. Although overweight patients suffer from heel pain, they are not  exposed anymore than patients of normal weight when it comes to this unpleasant condition. Continuous pain, pain at rest or at night should not be ignored and professional advice sought. Oral ibuprofen or other NSAID (anti-inflammatory) medication should not be used for heel pain for longer than 2 weeks without further advice from a registered health professional.

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