ABOUT US

Since 1991 we have been looking after the Feet of North London providing Chiropody and Podiatry services at The Woodberry Foot Health Clinic in Muswell Hill.

We offer a complete solution for all your Foot and Ankle problems and concerns. From routine chiropody for corns and calluses through to foot and ankle surgery we will guide you to the best evidence based and effective treatments and investigations.

Under the clinical direction of Julian Livingstone, Consultant Podiatrist, our experienced clinical staff provide care tailored to your needs. Please feel free to contact us at the links below and look around our website for more information on our staff and services.

A vast number of injuries and pains of the lower back and limb are caused by how your feet function. At the Woodberry Foot Health Clinic we use state of the art diagnostic equipment to see if gait or posture is causing your back, hip, knee or foot pain providing the best evidence based treatment for your problems. We provide orthosis and a tailored rehabilitation program for non surgical treatment and can advise regarding recovery from lower limb and back surgery.

Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis

HEEL PAIN

Heel pain is a common problem affecting 10% of the population. Unfortunately contrary to a lot of advice it does not spontaneously resolve without appropriate treatment and is the most common complaint I see. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis so that treatment can be planned and given. Not all heel pain is plantar fasciitis and often heel pain may be due to problems in the ankle or even the back.

Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. The basis of any diagnosis is taking a good medical history and I will want to know how the pain started and how long you have had it for. There are a variety of diagnostic tests and imaging we can use to make and accurate diagnosis and provide you with the best treatment to resolve your pain.

WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

Plantar fasciitis is degeneration of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia, which acts like a rope holding the foot together, first becomes stretched, leading to degeneration and then inflammation, resulting in heel pain.

CAUSES

Plantar Fasciitis affects 10% of the population. It is associated with a tight calf muscle but it can affect anyone. A standing job, running and obesity are all said to be risk factors but any condition that affects 1 in 10 will have a wide variety of people affected.

SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain that is usually worse first thing in the morning or after sitting for some time.
  • Pain that slowly gets worse over a period of months.


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