Heel Pain Surgery Introduction
Heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle problems, affecting approximately 10 people at some point during their lifetime.
For many, rest, stretching and orthotic supports can resolve the problem. Our heel pain clinic is designed for people with intractable heel pain, which has persisted for several months and does not respond to these conservative measures.
“The initial assessment must be very accurate to ensure the treatment selected will be effective. We listen carefully to the patient – if they describe their heel pain as feeling like hot coal and their calf is extremely tight, we cannot expect shockwave therapy or injections to work. It would be like a boy Scout throwing a small bucket of water on a large fire.”
Matthew Solan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, the London Foot and Ankle Centre
The next step in heel pain treatment for most people is extracorporeal shockwave therapy or injections, depending upon the type of heel pain you have. Your heel pain may be due to plantar fasciitis or to Achilles tendinopathy. However, a smaller group will require heel pain surgery in order to achieve effective treatment for plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinopathy.