Chronic Heel Pain

The Centre of Sport and Movement (CSM) has been providing medical services to active people for 20 years. The most common cause of heel pain seen at CSM is plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition in people over the age of 40; approximately 1 in 10 people have plantar fasciitis. It is a very difficult pain that is worse in the morning or when getting out of chairs. It is a severe constant chronic heel pain that is difficult to treat in general medical communities.

The doctors at CSM are specialists who have completed their specialty training. The specialists at CSM include Dr Simon Locke. CSM provide medical specialists with special skills in treating chronic heel pain. CSM’s specialists devise unique programs for each individual. The principal goals are pain relief and improvement of function.

CSM’s specialists offer a number of treatment options tailored to each individual. All the treatment options offered at CSM through its medical specialists are proven established medical care plans that provide good results in most people.

Chronic heel pain is a difficult problem to resolve; QCSM offers the most up-to-date heel pain treatment that decreases pain over a short period of time.


Services Provided

 Dr Simon Locke offers the following services for the treatment of chronic heel pain. For persistent sustained pain relief, validated by international research and accepted by the FDA in America, extracorporeal radial shockwave therapy is offered to all patients. This offers the best chance of providing sustained, persistent pain relief in plantar fasciitis for all patients of all types.

Dr Simon Locke offers multidisciplinary treatments involving other professionals that have also been shown to be effective in the scientific literature. These include the following:

  1. Orthotic management
  2. Rehabilitation services using physiotherapy; including stretching and/or taping as required.
  3. CSM also offers in-house ultrasound as diagnostic tools as well as ultrasound guided injections.

Cortisone injections commonly provide short-term pain relief and after they wear off, the pain returns and it is necessary to look for other alternatives. However in certain circumstances, short term pain relief is an appropriate treatment for some people especially when combined with other therapies.

CSM and its staff have undergone medical specialty training in their respective areas. Dr Locke is also active in tendon research and as a consequence offers his patient’s the most up-to-date management possible in these areas.

For details of cost, please contact our friendly reception staff.

Extracorporeal radial shockwave therapy is simple, effective and people can walk in and walk out following treatment. It has minimal, if any side-effects and is significantly cheaper than surgery or other options that have a greater risk of side-effects.

Simply, the single biggest advance in the treatment of plantar fasciitis or fasciopathy in the last 20 years is radial extracorporeal shock-wave therapy when measured by persistent pain relief . It improves people’s lives allows them to return to their activities within a short time frame. This is especially important when physical activity is a critical component of the management of most chronic disease in our society. Patients can and do return to exercise without pain following treatment for their plantar fasciitis at CSM.

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