The Heel Clinic
The Heel Clinic and associated Running Clinic have been one of Australia’s most trusted practices for 27 years treating over 30,000 patients.
We have specialised in treating foot, ankle and heel pain ailments such as Plantar fasciitis, Severs and Achilles tendonitis and tendonopathy for the past 15 years. Five years ago, the Heel Clinic made a medical breakthrough in the diagnosis and identification of the prime causes of heel ailments.
Data has proved conclusively long term (6-8 weeks+) heel ailments are a misalignment of the calcaneus (heel bone) on foot strike. This creates a "chain reaction" of forces and loads causing pain. This results in Plantar fasciitis, Severs and Achilles pain being predominately heel position issues not ligament, tendon or arch problems.
Using new advanced methods and the most up-to-date international research, the Heel Clinic has fully treated 11,000 patients using the exclusively available Inverted Calcaneus Technique (ICT). This treatment has been researched and developed by the Heel Clinic.
Clinic consultants are musculoskeletal Podiatrists, dealing in heel pain, associated ailments and rehabilitation therapies with over 40 years of combined experience.
Clinic patient histories show conclusively if heel ailments are not treated early (acute) and correctly, they rapidly become chronic and may take months in some cases years to cure.
The majority of Heel Clinic patients have already tried multiple treatments (see below) without success. Clinic data shows current heel pain treatments have poor results due to the fact they treat predominately symptoms and pain:
- Pain killers
- Icing (rolling feet over cans/bottles of frozen water)
- Heat Cushion pads
- Cortisone Injections
- Massage (golf/tennis balls etc.)
- New footwear
- Arch Supports
2014 Patient histories show: 98% have visited a doctor (79% given cortisone), 78% Physiotherapist, 71% General Podiatry (65% prescribed arch supports), 18% Chiropractors, 5% Orthopaedic Surgeons, 25% self-treated. Many patients have visited multiple practices.
Heel Clinic Treatment
The Clinic’s prime objective is to treat the source of heel pain providing not just short-term relief, but a permanent long-term cure and prevent reoccurrence. This is achieved by using our exclusive ICT (Inverted Calcaneus Technique).
An appointment with Heel Clinic consultant will provide you with initially a diagnosis and identification of the source of pain: essential for treatment. This appointment incorporates a comprehensive functional load bearing (standing) assessment, measuring joint movements and soft tissue tension. With advanced digital software corrective calcaneal (heel bone) angles in static and motion positions will also be calculated.
From this assessment the source and the treatment options will be determined.
Many patients travel from interstate and rural areas, therefore only one appointment is required to initiate treatment.
Comprehensive initial assessment fee is $120. Consultation time: 45-60 minutes.
Department of Veteran Affairs and Workcover patients welcome.