Heel Pain

Heel Pain requires immediate and specialized attention.

Do you wake up in the morning with a sore heel?

Does your heel hurt, ache, throb or give shooting pains during the day?

Has your heel pain overstayed its welcome and stopped you from exercising like you want to?



The long term solution to curing Heel pain lies in treating the cause of the pain at the same time as the pain and inflammation itself. The key to successfully treating Plantar fasciitis, Severs and Achilles tendinitis is to reduce:

1) The pain and inflammation

At the same time as

2) Fixing the source (root cause) of the heel pain.

PodMED Podiatry has specialized in treating foot, ankle and heel pain ailments such as plantar fasciitis, Severs and Achilles Tendinitis for the past 15 years.

There is a vast number of treatments for heel pain currently available in Australia. Many treatments originated 20-30 years ago. Some latest treatments are based on multiple visits (Shockwave therapy, Acupuncture, Massage etc). These treatments target pain and inflammation in the short term and do provide great relief

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Rest
  • Pain killers
  • Icing
  • Heat Cushion pads
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Massage / Rollers
  • Stretching
  • New footwear
  • Arch Supports
  • Acupuncture
  • Support based Orthotics (Off the shelf and Prescription)
  • Night splints
  • Shock wave therapy
  • PRP blood Injections
  • Surgery

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.

PodMED Podiatry - Specialist Heel Pain Treatment

PodMED Podiatry Centre'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 managing the hind foot's action through it's 3 faceted joint. The joint behaves like the conductor of a large orchestra. The Hind foot conductors job is to direct a series of very complicated movements so that the foot can do it's job properly, make efficient movements to strengthen and stabilize the Heel.

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 overuse pain. Resulting in Plantar fasciitis, Severs and Achilles pain being predominantly an angulated heel position issue, not ligament, tendon or arch problems

Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a new and fantastic non-surgical, non-invasive treatment option for injured tendons, muscles and joints. It uses thousands of acoustic pressure waves to pass through the skin and reach the affected area to boost the repair of the injury AND reduce pain at the same time.

Why are we using it?

Shockwave rapidly improves the body's ability to repair an injury as well as stronger and longer lasting injury repair.

85% of patients return to sports/activity faster

75% improvement in pain

72% of patients had no re-injury at 6-12 months after treatment

How does it work?

Shockwave Therapy affects the body in two unique ways; through the shockwaves themselves, and also in the special cavitation bubbles they create inside the injured tissue. The results of this can be summarized by two simple actions:

  1. Tells the body to form new blood vessels around the injury to speed up repair AND also improves blood supply to the injury through a special process called angiogenesis.
  2. Reducing pain through reduction of neurogenic inflammation.

When is Shockwave Therapy used?

Shockwave Therapy can be used for many chronic conditions that have not responded to other conservative measures. This includes:

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Shin Splints
  • Tibialis Posterior tendon pathologies
  • Joint injury
  • Arthritis
  • Myofascial Pain & trigger points

No matter whether you are a recreational exerciser or serious sports person, the benefits of Shockwave therapy gives Podmed Podiatry patients access to pain reduction AND faster, stronger recoveries. Why? Because our reputation has been built on excellent levels of service and international standards of Podiatry care. Shockwave adds yet another exciting treatment option into our offering.

The Treatment

Typically, 3 to 5 applications of shockwave therapy is recommended. Our aim is to get you pain free and injury free as soon as possible.

If your recovery time will be further enhanced with additional therapy or homework your Podiatrist will discuss your best options with you.

How to Book

Call (02) 9363 1876 and speak to one of our friendly reception team.

Book online at www.podmedpodiatry.com.au to make a ‘Sports injury’ booking at a time that suit you.

If you would like further information we encourage you to get in touch - we’ll happily answer any questions! There is no referral required and the appointments are rebatable through your private health fund if you have Podiatry cover.

Please be advised that this treatment is not suitable in presence of a malignant disease, infection, during pregnancy or in patients with a coagulation disorder or taking anticoagulants.