Plantar Fasciitis Pain Treatment Sandwell

Private Ultrasound Guided Plantar Fasciitis Treatment near Sandwell, West Midlands

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Private Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Near Sandwell

Do you need Plantar Fasciitis pain treatment near Sandwell?  Joint Care Clinics are HCPC-registered and members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. and the Society of Radiographers. We offer a one-stop clinic for consultation, diagnostic scans and treatment. We have joint care clinics across the UK, where this service is offered by highly experienced clinicians. 

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fascia is a thick band of connective tissue fibres that run across between the heel bone called calcaneum and toes. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. In plantar fasciitis, the connective tissue at the heel level of the calcaneus bone becomes inflamed, which causes stabbing, throbbing, and aching type of pain.

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Darren Gough Cricketer

"Having played professional sport from 1989-2008 I’ve amassed plenty of aches and pains after numerous operations. I’ve been around the world and seen some of the best Doctors and surgeons out there, and Ram has been right up there with his care and skill. Never in a rush, he’s kind, compassionate and very professional. Not only helped me with knee and shoulder pain, he’s also treated my wife for elbow pain. My son is now going to see him as he’s seen a difference in how his parents are moving. Thanks for all your help, Darren Gough and Anna Gough"

 

Darren Gough - English Cricket Player

Who is prone to develop Plantar fasciitis?

Though the reasons for plantar fasciitis is not always clear, the following are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis:

  • Overweight
  • Age: between 40 –60yrs.
  • Aerobic dancing and ballet dancing.
  • Recently increased activity/intensity.
  • Tightness: tight quadriceps/hamstrings /calf/heel.
  • A recent activity without treating leg muscle tightness.
  • Recently started walking, running, jumping, or standing activities.
  • Recently started exercising/walking on hard surfaces. Ex: Factory workers.
  • Plantar fascia injury due to Overstretching the sole of the foot during exercise.
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Musculoskeletal issues?

If you are experiencing painful joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments please get in touch for a diagnostic scan and treatment

How do I know I am suffering from plantar fasciitis?

The majority of the time the main complaint of plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the foot, at and around the heel and arch area.

The common symptoms and pain pattern to note is:

  • Morning pain: The first few steps in the morning are very painful, pain eases after a few steps
  • Pain is worse when standing or walking after prolonged rest or sitting
  • Pain eases with walking and worsens again towards the end of the day
  • Pain is worse with standing for a long period
  • Pain is often worse after exercises, rather than during exercises

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Richard Kilty

"My name is Richard Kilty, I am the current captain of the British athletics team. World 60m champion, double European 60m champion & European 4x100m relay record holder. I have been using Ram Rachaputi for many years now. I have used many of his different treatments for my performance, injuries & general training recovery. I have always had huge success after seeing ram. He is truly world class at what he does. I will continue to work with ram all the way throughout my career and will be forever grateful for his precise and incredible work"

 

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PLANTAR FASCIITIS FAQS

HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY HEEL PAIN IS A PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND HOW SEVERE IS IT?

Plantar fasciitis can be diagnosed clinically. If in doubt Musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound scan can confirm the plantar fasciitis and its severity. Ultrasound is also able to confirm the other associated problems around the heel. Such as fat pad atrophy, calcaneal spur (a piece of bone sticking out from the heel bone), calcification within the plantar fascia, plantar fascia tear, active inflammation, plantar fibroma (a palpable lump in the sole of the foot), and perifacial effusion.

A diagnostic ultrasound scan can measure the thickness of the plantar fascia at the heel bone level. The severity of the plantar fascia can be determined based on the thickness of the plantar fascia and the appearance of the plantar fascia.

Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound scan is a non-invasive, quick, and inexpensive diagnostic tool. An ultrasound scan offers an immediate diagnosis. At our clinic, we can show you the live images and discuss the ultrasound findings if you want.

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER PROBLEMS MIMICKING PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

Plantar fibroma is the other condition which can mimic as plantar fasciitis, especially when the plantar fibroma is located closer to the plantar fasciitis location. An ultrasound scan can differentiate between the ‘plantar fibroma, and ‘plantar fasciitis’.

WHAT HAPPENS IF PLANTAR FASCIITIS IS IGNORED?

If plantar fasciitis is ignored the condition can become chronic and affects the way you walk to relieve the plantar fasciitis pain. As a result of this altered gait pattern knee, hip and/or back can be affected.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT OF THE PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

Plantar fasciitis treatment is based on the causative factor which triggered this problem. Clinical consultation can help to identify the possible reason/s to develop plantar fasciitis and also helps to provide you with a tailor-made treatment option.

IN GENERAL, THE PLANTAR FASCIITIS PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE:
Lower limb stretching exercises, foot muscle strengthening exercises, Ice packs, work-related modifications, insoles, night splints, NSAIDS and anti-inflammatory medications, and physiotherapy.

WHEN DO I BENEFIT FROM THE CORTISONE INJECTION TREATMENT FOR HEEL PAIN?
  • If you are unable to cope with the exercises and or pain medication.
  • When the above treatment options are failed to provide you with pain relief.
  • If you are struggling to cope with your hobbies, and duties at work and affecting your quality of life.
  • Recurrent plantar fasciitis pain following a successful steroid injection for the plantar fasciitis heel pain in the past.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BLIND CORTISONE INJECTION AND ULTRASOUND GUIDED CORTISONE INJECTION?

Blind steroid injection also known as anatomically guided steroid injection is given by palpating the location of pain and injection without guidance. on the location of the pain.

Ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection: With this procedure, the needle is monitored throughout under the guidance of ultrasound imaging and the cortisone is infiltrated exactly in the desired location.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ULTRASOUND IMAGE GUIDED INJECTION OVER ANATOMICAL GUIDED CORTISONE INJECTIONS?
  • Ultrasound scan helps to identify the source of the problem.
  • After identifying the source of pain, the needle is directed under direct ultrasound guidance to the problematic area, hence avoiding accidental injection into the plantar fibres or in the plantar fat pad.
  • Plantar fat pad atrophy can occur if cortisone is repeatedly injected accidentally into the plantar fat pad, instead of the perifascial region of the plantar fascia. This results in long-term heel pain.
  • Ultrasound-guided injection treatment outcome is much superior in comparison to the blind injection’s outcome, due to the high injection accuracy under the ultrasound guidance.
  • Ultrasound guided injections are better tolerated due to the avoidance of accidental contact with bone.

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WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF CORTISONE INJECTIONS FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS PAIN?

due to the possibility of accurate infiltration of cortisone medication to the plantar fasciitis location under ultrasound guidance, the treatment success rate is over 95%. We have seen a high success rate in patients who have not responded to the blind injections or the other Conservative management.

HOW MANY CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS CAN I HAVE?

Not more than three injections per year for each plantar fasciitis problem.

However, we suggest keeping the number of corticosteroid injections to fewer injections as possible.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE INJECTIONS OTHER THAN CORTISONE SHOTS FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are becoming extremely popular as an alternative to cortisone injections for plantar fasciitis.

Platelet-rich plasma injections are derived from the Patient’s own blood and growth factors are separated using a centrifuge machine. These growth factors are injected back into the inflamed part of plantar fasciitis under ultrasound guidance.

These growth factors help to regenerate that connective tissue; hence the PRP treatment effect lasts much longer compared to the Cortisone injections.

HOW MANY PRP INJECTIONS CAN I HAVE?

There is no limit on how many PRP injections one can have since PRP injections are natural growth factors derived from the patient’s own blood.

However, we recommend a course of three injections with a short interval between the two injections to complete the healing cycle.

Click for more information about ‘corticosteroid injections, or platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) 

 

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HOW CAN ‘JOINT CARE CLINICS HELP ME?

‘Joint Care Clinics’ are private clinics located around the UK offering a ‘one-stop clinic’ service to people suffering from musculoskeletal problems including ‘plantar fasciitis’. That means we can offer you a consultation, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound scan (to determine the problem and its severity) ultrasound-guided cortisone injection or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection or Hyaluronic (Gel) injections in the same appointment. Or we can offer you a consultation and diagnostic ultrasound scan alone.

The majority of the patient reports over 90% of pain relief in a week’s time following a cortisone injection to the plantar fasciitis.

Please contact joint care clinics on 0333 444 2013 if you have any further questions or book an appointment.

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AREAS COVERED FOR  PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Warwickshire clinic covering Rugby, Coventry, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Stratford Upon Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington Spa.

West Midlands clinic covering Birmingham, Edgbaston, Harborne, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull

Buckinghamshire clinic covering Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Leighton Buzzard

Northamptonshire clinic covering Northampton,  Daventry, Kettering and Wellingborough.

Leicestershire clinic covering Leicester and Nottingham (Nottinghamshire)

We also have a regular clinic in the North East in Newcastle