What is Plantar Fasciitis?

This is a common condition that is normally a result of inflammation or injury to the strong structure that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes along the sole of the foot. It can be a result of trauma, pregnancy, inflammatory conditions, endurance activities or simply bad luck!

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning or after periods of rest. A patient will often describe a sharp pain shooting through the heel from the sole of the foot. It is often painful to bear weight through the heel and patients will often be visibly limping. Early symptoms may simply be that of an ache in the foot after a period of exercise or standing.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Clinical examination by a foot and ankle specialist is the key to an accurate diagnosis. Ultrasound scans and MRI can be very helpful in confirming the diagnosis and helping to plan rehabilitation.

What are my options for treatment?

Most individuals will recover well with the help of a physiotherapist. In addition to general foot and ankle rehabilitation, the physiotherapist will look at calf tightness as this has been shown to be a big driver of the symptoms. If a patient remains tight in the calf and symptomatic despite physiotherapy, a small procedure on the back of the calf called a proximal medial gastrocnemius release can take away tension in the calf and significantly improve symptoms.

If the patient remains symptomatic despite resolving the tightness in the calf, shockwave therapy can be very effective at treating the underlying pathology.

Direct surgery to the plantar fascia is becoming less and less popular due to its limited efficacy. A last resort is injection therapy and this is something that may be required on a regular basis to control symptoms. The reason that injections are the last resort is due to the risk of damaging the fat pad under the heel. Damage to this structure by the steroid in the injection can lead to even more significant symptoms. There is no role for a ‘blind’ injection in the surgery setting. This should always be done under Ultrasound or X-ray guidance.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain across their lower limbs or difficulty with mobility and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of knee-related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.

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our specialist FOOT & ANKLE consultants

Foot & ankle care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is lead by Mr Tim Sinnett. A graduate of Cambridge and Imperial College medical schools and leading academic and trauma consultant for Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust. He is further supported by the orthopaedic team here including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of foot and ankle concerns utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here

MR TIM SINNETT

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist in Foot and Ankle Surgery

MBBS (AICSM), MA (Cantab), FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Tim is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, King Edward VIIs Hospital, and the Lister Hospital, Chelsea. His high volume Adult Foot and Ankle practice is made up of all aspects of ankle, hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot pathology. He is an avid believer in patient empowerment and autonomy, especially when decisions regarding surgery are required. Ensuring a high-quality patient journey from the first assessment to full rehabilitation is at the heart of his practice.

What some of our patients say

Mrs EL

Thank you for taking great care of me throughout the whole operation process! My recovery has been much faster than anticipated and I am pain free after such a long time!