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Plantar fasciitis (heel-spur pain, policeman’s heel)

If plantar fasciitis is causing pain in your heel, there are treatment options available. Visit our website for more info and to book an appointment.

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes pain under the heel. The fibrous tissue under the foot can be damaged by stress injuries and cause pain from stretched nerve endings running through it. 

What can trigger this condition?

Common causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poorly fitted shoes • Suffering from diabetes
  • Running and jogging
  • Spending the majority of the working day on your feet
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Old age 

How can plantar fasciitis be effectively treated?

Simple supports in the shoe can offload the tissue and allow it to heal. In severe cases various injections can reduce pain and promote healing, which are given under a local anaesthetic.

Are there any risks involved?

The substances injected by way of treatment range from steroids to glucose solutions (Prolotherapy). A full and detailed medical history is taken before treatment and any potential side-effects are fully explained. How can painful heels be prevented? Proper footwear can help reduce heel pain. Shoe inserts may help ease existing pain and prevent the condition from advancing.

Specialists offering Plantar fasciitis (heel-spur pain, policeman’s heel)

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Mr Anil Prasanna

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

MD MS (T&O)

Hendon Hospital

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Mr Henry Atkinson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BSc Med Sci, MRCS Edin, FRCS (Tr & Orth) Edin

The Cavell Hospital 2 more Hendon Hospital The Kings Oak Hospital

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Mr Laszlo Zolczer

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

MD, FRCS (eqv)

Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Mr John Grice

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS MSc SEM FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

The Ridgeway Hospital

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Dr Syed Rizvi

Consultant Physician

MBBS, FRCP(London), Diploma in Cardiology(London)

Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Robbie Ray

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB, ChM(T&O), MRCS, FRCSed(T&O), FEBOT

The Blackheath Hospital 2 more Chelsfield Park Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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