Foot/Heel Pain


Foot/Heel Pain

If you have ever experienced plantar fasciitis, then you know how important it is to look after the health of your feet. Our feet are incredibly important and make up the foundation for all human movement when standing, walking or running as they form our physical connection to this world.

The foot and ankle is composed of 28 bones that form 33 separate joints so evidently it is an extremely complex area within our bodies. Understanding normal human movement is key for us as therapists to identify true causes of foot pain. This will involve not only assessing your foot and ankle but taking a wider look across your body as a whole to see what is overloading the entire system.

As previously mentioned, plantar fasciitis is a frequent complaint within our clinics which can cause dramatic changes to people’s lives. Strengthening the surrounding structures and often the entire lower limb is vital in order to get rid of this frustrating and painful complaint. Our introduction of shockwave therapy (ESWT) has dramatically upgraded our treatment options and has shown to significantly improve recovery times for this extremely stubborn injury.

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SJ's wealth of experience and genuine passion for his job is his biggest asset, coupled with his ability to forge a relationship with a client on a professional and a personal level. He found a solution to my long-term lower back problems, not only by treating the symptoms but finding the root cause of the issue. It allowed me to continue my career as a professional rugby player with the Newcastle Falcons and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed.

Carlo Del Fava

BBC Sport, Former Italian International

After becoming injured earlier in the year I came to Activate Physio for help. SJ quickly isolated the issues and provided a programme of exercises to correct imbalances that had caused the problems. This enabled me to resume training quicker than expected with stronger and more efficient form. I would highly recommend Activate Physiotherapy to anyone in need of professional sports treatment.

Lucas Longman

Heaton Harriers

Having both coached Andy as an athlete & then worked alongside him as a colleague, I can't recommend his services and knowledge enough! He is a true professional and gentlemen to work with and always makes sure his service is of the highest standard. Having a team of international and Olympic athletes to cater for, I only use the best in the business and that is what you get with Andy!

John Trembley

USA Olympic Gold Medalist Coach

As an international and Olympic athlete I set my expectations very high when working with coaching and medical staff. I thoroughly recommend Andy Thirlwell to anyone looking to gain and edge in their sporting performance!

Barry Murphy

2012 Olympian, European Silver Medalist

I highly recommend Andy Thirlwell. His knowledge & expertise are world class. Working with Andy will take your sporting performance to the next level along with improving your over all health!

Ryk Neethling

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder

SJ is a great Physio. I've known him for years, and can highly recommend him. Obviously passionate about his profession, he is hard working, conscientious, encouraging, and positive. If you want first-class treatment with a smile, SJ is your man.

Euan Murray

Former Scotland International