This article describes a quick and effective assessment process for heel pain that can be carried out in just 10 minutes. More than 10% of the population experiences heel pain and due to the number of structures in the foot and ankle a differential diagnosis can be difficult. This article covers mechanical and non-mechanical causes of heel pain, history taking, examination, investigations and management. It is accompanied by a Quick Reference PDF Booklet of more than 16 summary tables, flow charts and boxes which is available as a free download with a registered account.
This article outlines the latest incidence statistics for chronic plantar heel pain, explains how the structure and function of the plantar fascia is affected by pathology, outlines a detailed differential diagnosis and then delves into... Read More
This leaflet comes in 3 different printable formats and has been written for patients. It gives information on what chronic plantar heel pain feels like, what the therapist can do and what the patient can... Read More
This article is the seventh from our Manual Therapy Student Handbook (see the ‘Contents panel’ for further details) and it describes how to assess and treat common foot and ankle complaints. As well as listing... Read More
This content consists of a 13 minute video presentation professionally produced and presented at the Fisic Conference 2015.
Dr Ben Forster was educated in Brisbane and received his Medical Degree from the University of Queensland in 1991. He completed his orthopaedic training in 2000 and was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in that year.
His Fellowship Training was undertaken in Foot and Ankle surgery in Bristol, United Kingdom, knee surgery studies in Southampton, United Kingdom, and further training in Lecco, Italy. He has a special interest in sports and arthroscopic surgery.
Dr Forster is an Associate Clinical Lecturer with the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and ISAKOS. He has a public appointment at the Mater Hospital, South Brisbane. He is also involved with the Queensland Reds Rugby Union Team, Brisbane Lions AFL, Gold Coast Suns AFL, North Queensland Cowboys NRL, Gold Coast Titans NRL, along with the Queensland Ballet.
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Mr Callum Clark studied Medicine at Cambridge University graduating in 1993 and undertook his basic and higher surgical training in North West Thames London, including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where he developed his interest in foot and ankle surgery.
He spent a year of his training on a travelling Fellowship to Melbourne, Australia, where he gained further expertise in foot and ankle surgery and sports injuries. Upon his return, he worked briefly as a locum Consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital before taking up the post of Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals in 2004.
Mr Clark's surgical interests include arthritis and deformity correction, with a special interest in sports injuries and complex bunion and toe deformities. He holds the MFSEM (UK) qualification as a member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He has an active involvement in research and education. He has published and presented both nationally and internationally on aspects of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has been principle investigator in a number of multi-centre trials. He is an elected member of the Education Committee of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS) and regularly lectures to surgeons, general practitioners, physiotherapists and podiatrists both locally and nationally.
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Mr Nick Savva is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle and Trauma Surgeon. He qualified in 1994 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and went on to gain his surgical fellowship in 1998. After a further six years of specialist training in orthopaedic surgery, he gained FRCS (Tr & Orth) in 1997.
Mr Savva was awarded an AO Trauma Travelling Fellowship to Seattle in 2004. Two years later he won the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Travelling Fellowship for 2006. During this year he took advantage of the opportunity to work in the Brisbane Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Unit. More recently, as the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Travelling Fellow, Mr Savva has shared best practice in several centres of excellence throughout the USA.
In addition to the treatment of trauma and sports injuries, Mr Savva has developed an expertise in a range of degenerative conditions such as arthritis and bunions and he is one of a small number of surgeons in the UK to perform ankle replacements and minimally invasive bunion surgery. In addition to research interests Mr Savva runs an annual conference on sports injuries. He also teaches and examines regularly.
This content consists of a 12 minute video presentation professionally produced and presented at the Fisic Conference 2015.
Mr Andy Roche moved to Liverpool to study Medicine in 1994. He stayed in Liverpool up to senior registrar level, before taking up post-FRCS training fellowships in Chelsea and Westminster, Colorado and Bristol, to develop his interest in foot and ankle surgery and trauma / limb reconstruction.
Following completion of his fellowships, Mr Roche worked briefly in Liverpool as a Consultant Surgeon with a special interest in foot and ankle surgery but then took up residence in London to work as a Consultant to Chelsea and Westminster in January 2013. Following this move he joined the Fortius Foot and Ankle team.
Mr Roche has developed and tailored his career path from day one to excel in the treatment of foot and ankle sports injuries, working with many different athletes in a variety of sporting disciplines from soccer to ultimate Frisbee. He has regular links to sports clubs at many different levels including elite football and rugby. This enables working with athletes of different ability levels, injury profiles, rehabilitation needs and a variety of expectations.
Mr Roche's special interests include the particular mechanisms of injuries sustained and also optimisation of rehabilitation in athletes. Mr Roche also treats many non-athletes with a variety of non-sporting complaints of the foot and ankle. Through his career this has developed his interest and ability to treat complex problems around the foot and ankle with whatever technique is required for the best interest of the patient be it internal fixation techniques or external fixation/circular frame techniques. Mr Roche regularly delivers lectures across the UK on sports related topics and publishes in international journals.
This content consists of a 16 minute video presentation professionally produced and presented at the Fisic Conference 2015.
Dr Mark Myerson is an internationally-recognised leader in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. He has developed numerous breakthrough procedures for treating various foot and ankle injuries and deformities.
In addition to his active clinical practice, Dr Myerson travels frequently around the world as part of a humanitarian program for underprivileged and disabled citizens with deformities, simultaneously teaching and enabling surgeons in those countries to continue care of these patients.
He has authored more than 200 research publications, as well as four text books covering various treatments of foot and ankle conditions. He is also a frequently invited guest speaker, giving professional talks around the globe as consultant and educator. Dr Myerson has trained hundreds of residents and surgeons, and education of surgeons continues to be integral to his work.
Dr Myerson is a past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), as well as the Maryland Orthopaedic Association. He is a consultant to the orthopaedic industry, an honorary member of numerous international orthopaedic societies, and plays an active role in defining national standards for orthopaedic foot and ankle practice.
This content consists of a 14 minute video presentation professionally produced and presented at the Fisic Conference 2015.
Dr Phil Hopley is a Consultant Psychiatrist and founder of LPP, a specialist psychological health and performance consultancy with a global reach. He consults at 54 Harley Street and at the Roehampton Priory where he is Deputy Medical Director.
Dr Hopley specialises in stress, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions and Sport Psychiatry. He is clinical lead for LPP's Confidential Sport Counselling Service providing 24/7 support to players and athletes in 14 UK based sports. In addition he consults to a range of Governing Bodies and Player Associations on mental health issues and related matters including Therapeutics Use Exemption matters. In 2012 he led the LPP team providing on-call Specialist cover to the 10,000 competing athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.
Dr Hopley played rugby for London Wasps for a decade including two years as a semi-professional, representing England Students & the Barbarians along the way. Despite years experimenting, he has found no better way of de-stressing than hitting a small white ball around the green fields of southern England.
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