I am seeing an increased number of cases of painful feet in people under the age of 40.

Foot pain can be a tricky problem to treat, especially heel pain and pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick connective tissue which supports the arch of the foot. One of the probable causes is that our shoes nowadays offer less protection to the different parts of the foot.

Many of the modern inserts in our shoes, and some of the orthopaedic devices designed to support or correct the way we walk, instead of providing comfort, are rather hard and uncomfortable. This can mean our heels slipping around on the hard surface, resulting in a deep and long lasting pain around the base of the heel or along the sole of the foot. The more flimsy forms of flat shoes, for example pumps, in particular can cause these problems.

Recovery from and treatment of this very painful condition is complicated. It involves finding good quality lace up shoes with soft non slippy surfaces which can grip the heel to avoid irritation from it constantly moving.

Osteopathic treatment for this condition involves ultra sound, stretching and soft tissue support. Sometimes it is necessary to strap and tape the feet initially, when the foot is very sore.

Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762