Welcome to Sydney Heel Pain Clinic, Sydney’s premier heel pain management centre. Here, we treat Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Achilles Tendonitis(Tendonopathy) and Sever’s Disease (in children), on a daily basis. At Sydney Heel Pain Clinic, we use the latest 3D foot scanning equipment and state of the art technology for optimum accuracy, allowing reproducible and outstanding results. Our clinic is run by Karl Lockett, a Sports Podiatrist with over 15 years clinical experience in the foot care industry.
In 2012 Karl was invited to the Sports Medicine Australia members seminar to talk to fellow podiatrists on the the treatment of Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis, following which he became a full member of Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
If you have Plantar Fasciitis you will most likely feel a sharp pain under the ball of you heel and it will often give pain when standing after a period of rest. For example when you get out of bed in the mornings or after being sat down. Some patients describe this feeling as a stone bruise sensation, or a pebble in the shoe and at times the pain can be excruciating. Patients with Plantar Fasciitis can experience pain free periods whereby the think they are on the mend, only for the heel pain to come back aggressively when they appear to have done nothing wrong. If your plantar fasciitis came on very suddenly and the pain is relentless, then you may have Plantar Fascial Tears. We will be able to differentiate between these 2 conditions, sometimes with ultra sound imaging. The treatment for each of these conditions will need to be very different.
If you have a Heel Spur, this may be found under the base of your heel or around the back of your heel bone (the calcaneus). The Heel Spur is calcified bone that builds up over time due to the pulling of soft tissue on the affected area. You should bear in mind that the Heel Spur is not usually the source of your problem, and that the pain comes from the inflammation and irritation of the tendon or fascia that attaches to that area of bone.
Achilles Tendonitis and Achilles Tendonopathy are 2 very different conditions. We regularly see both conditions in the clinic and we have different treatment options available for both.
If you have an active son or daughter with heel pain, who may also be going through a growth spurt, then they are most likely complaining of a heel condition known as Sever’s Disease. This is a growth plate problem, common in running and jumping sports and has an age range of between 7 and 14 years. AlthoughSever’s is something that children will grow out of we recommend having it professionally assessed and treated. There are things we can do to make your child more comfortable during this phase, and with a view to keeping them active.
With 4 locations across Sydney and Wollongong, all with Gp’s and other allied health practitioners such as physiotherapists, you are always in good care. You will always be treated by a nationally accredited Podiatrist who is also a member of Sports Medicine Australia and The Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Sydney Heel Pain Clinic and Melbourne Heel Pain Clinic should not be confused with any other clinic with a similar name that specifically offers treatment for the same conditions we do. Our 3D foot scanning technology is different to the foam box casting and plaster of paris casting techniques that are still used by some other clinics.