Gerard Hardisty Procedures – Plantar Fasciitis
Heel Spur (Plantar Fasciitis) is a common condition involving irritation or inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. It is often self-limiting but usually leaves no lasting, residual symptoms. It causes morning stiffness and ache around the plantar aspect of the heel. The time taken to resolve this condition can be prolonged. Treatment is usually non-operative involving orthotics and occasionally injections in the short term. Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT - using high intensity ultrasound waves) can be helpful in protracted cases. If symptoms are persistent, surgery may be required. This operation can now be done endoscopically (keyhole).