Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Plantar Fasciitis - Policeman's heel

Here's another case study from Wendy Boast at the Sunu Centre, Oxted.
Plantar Fasciitis (presenting as a severe pain in the heel) affects about 1 in 10 people; it usually occurs in people spending at lot of time on their feet such as sportsmen and women, police officers, postal workers etc. It eventually gets better on its own as long as the patient takes plenty of rest - this is not always possible for busy working people.

This policeman did indeed have policeman's heel (plantar fasciitis) which was giving him a lot of pain, because he walked the beat 6 to 7 hours every day. The condition had been getting worse over 12 months, and he didn't want to take time off work. I gave him four treatments over three weeks which resolved the condition. The treatment included Cranial Laser Release Technique (CLRT) to relieve the pain, as well as cold laser application for the heel itself. His size 15 feet were happy again.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

LLLT for Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue which occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes. The thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates swelling of the nerve with resultant pain, which can eventually lead to permanent nerve damage.

Here are two very different Morton's Neuroma(MN) cases who have had great relief after cold laser treatments which are pain free, non invasive, relaxing and have no side-effects. They have been provided by Wendy Boast, Laser therapist at the Sunu Centre, Oxted.

Patient 1 developed the MN about two years ago on her right foot, at the base of her toes. She tried the steriod injection (agony and no improvement) and then had surgery, but has since developed two more MN spots on the same foot around the scar tissue, and also the left foot has developed MN. She could not walk for more than 15 minutes without severe pain and could spend very little time on her feet, so her life was really restricted by this condition.. She felt great improvement after the first treatment, and is now well on the way to full repair.

Patient 2 has had MN on her right foot for at least four years, and has tried acupuncture but with no improvement after two years treatment. Her pain starts after walking for about an hour despite using arch supports etc, she is a keen rambler and this condition was preventing her enjoying her favourite pastime. Her normal walking to and from work etc was not badly affected. The first few treatments did not seem to make much difference but she was determined to avoid surgery so we persisted and the results were good. She can now walk 10 to 15 miles on her weekend rambles.