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The Heel Pain Expert Podcast

The Heel Pain Expert Podcast

By Benn Boshell
The Heel Pain Expert Podcast is dedicated to health professionals interested in keeping up to date with the latest research and development in plantar heel pain.
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Episode 16: Is Plantar Fascia Release Surgery a Good Option?
In this episode I share some exciting news about my next career steps followed by my findings from a literature review of the plantar fasciotomy procedure including key insights on patient satisfaction, VAS scores and complication rates.  Happy listening :)  Social media platforms Facebook: Twitter: @heelexpert Instagram: Youtube: website:
August 11, 2020
Episode 15: Proximal Medial Gastrocnemius Release vs Plantar Fasciotomy Round 2
In this episode we review a research topic previously covered on the podcast but this time the results may surprise you.  Here is a link to the article featured in this episode Twitter @HeelExpert
March 12, 2020
Episode 14: Orthoses Prescription for Plantar Fasciitis
What is the perfect orthosis for plantar fasciitis? Does it exist? In this episode we discuss orthoses prescription for plantar fasciitis including: custom vs prefab? 3/4 length of full length? intrinsic or extrinsic posting? heel lift or no heel lift? shell material choices shell stiffness heel accommodations 1st MTPJ and 1st ray cut outs Kirby skives forefoot posting top cover material casting technique Happy listening!
January 6, 2020
Episode 13: Long Term Prognosis of Plantar Fasciitis
Does plantar fasciitis really resolve around 12 months? In this episode we look at a long term study investigating long term prognosis of plantar fasciitis. The results are quite surprising!  Link to the full text article here *Also exciting Podiatrist job opportunities at Hatt Health & Movement Clinic. Click here for more info*
November 25, 2019
Episode 12: The Latest Understanding on Heel Spurs
In this episode we discuss the enigma that is heel spurs. Do they cause plantar heel pain? Are they significant? Should we worry about them or should we ignore them? Do they matter? Why do some people get them? If you've pondered these questions then this episode is likely to be of interest to you.  Here is a recommended article to supplement some of the topics discussed in this episode. 
July 15, 2019
Episode 11: Does Isolated Gastrocnemius Tightness Cause Plantar Fasciitis?
In this episode we take at a look at a paper published in Foot & Ankle International 2017 investigating the association between plantar fasciitis and isolated gastrocnemius tightness. You can find a link to the paper here
July 7, 2019
Episode 10: Orthoses vs Corticosteroid Injection for Plantar Fasciitis
In this episode we review a paper just published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) comparing foot orthoses with corticosteroid injection. This study is an RCT with a sound methodology which should serve as a guide for clinicians on what short term outcomes to expect with both these interventions. You can find a link to the article here
June 30, 2019
Episode 09: Plantar Fascia Rupture Risk Associated with Corticosteroid Injection
Do corticosteroid injections lead to plantar fascia rupture? What is the risk and is it worth it? In this episode we take a look at a review article investigating plantar fascia rupture rates in patients that had received corticosteroid injections.  You can find a  link to the article here
June 23, 2019
Episode 08: Pathology of Plantar Fasciitis: Degenerative or Inflammatory?
In this episode we review one of the most cited research papers published on plantar fasciitis and cover the underlying pathological processes involved in this condition.  You can find a link to the article here.
June 16, 2019
Episode 07: Overview of Shockwave Therapy
Have you considered offering shockwave therapy to your heel pain patients but don't know much about shockwave therapy or how it works? Should you use focused or radial shockwave therapy? Does shockwave therapy work for plantar heel pain? In this episode, we take a look at the historical development of shockwave therapy and the different types of technology used to produce shockwave therapy machines. We also cover the key differences between focused and radial shockwave therapy and my own personal experience using radial shockwave therapy for heel pain.  If you want to learn more about the physics of shockwaves here is an excellent resource provided by the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment. Here is a link to the two videos mentioned in the episode by Benoy Matthew and Paul Hobrough explaining the differences between radial and focused shockwave therapy.   
June 9, 2019
Episode 06: Plantar Fasciotomy vs Gastroc Recession
In this episode we take a second look at gastroc release surgery for plantar fasciitis and compare this relatively novel procedure to the more traditional plantar fasciotomy. The paper featured in this episode was published in International Orthopaedics in 2013 titled 'Chronic plantar fasciitis: plantar fasciotomy versus gastrocnemius recession'.  You can find the article link here Also featured in this episode is a mention of the 10 key biomechanical functions of the plantar fascia as described by Kevin Kirby. You can find a link to his article published in Podiatry Today here
June 2, 2019
Episode 05: PRP vs PPP Injections for Plantar Fasciitis
PRP is a fashionable treatment option for various MSK conditions in the world of sports medicine but how good is PRP compared to regular autologous blood? Do you need to invest in an expensive fancy blood spinning machine? In this episode we review the latest research on blood injection therapy for plantar fasciitis. Check out this weeks episode to find out more.  You can find a link to the research paper discussed in this episode here. 
May 26, 2019
Episode 04: PRP vs Corticosteroid Injection Therapy
In this episode we review a randomised controlled trial comparing Platelet rich Plasma to corticosteroid injection therapy for chronic plantar fasciitis.  Here is a link to the study discussed in this episode. Enjoy! 
May 19, 2019
Episode 03: RCT on Custom Foot Orthoses for Plantar Fasciitis
Foot orthoses are one of the most common treatment options used by podiatrists to treat patients with plantar fasciitis, however as we all know, foot orthoses come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials.  In this episode we review a randomised controlled trial published in 2018 investigating the role of custom foot orthoses for plantar fasciitis.  You can find a link to the full text article here
May 12, 2019
Episode 02: The Role of Hamstring Tightness in Plantar Fasciitis
The role of calf muscle tightness in plantar fasciitis is well established, but what about the role of hamstring tightness? Are we missing a trick by ignoring the role of hamstring tightness or is it irrelevant?  Find out in this episode of The Heel Pain Expert Podcast where we will look at a paper published in 2011 investigating the role of hamstring tightness in plantar fasciitis.   You can access a link to the paper discussed below.
May 5, 2019
Episode 01: Proximal Medial Gastrocnemius Release for Plantar Fasciitis
In this episode we take a look at a paper published in  Foot & Ankle International titled 'Proximal Medial Gastrocnemius  Release in the Treatment of Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis'. You can find the article link below:
April 17, 2019
Introduction - what this is all about
Before you jump in to the first episode, check out this very brief introduction to give you an idea of exactly why I've started the podcast and what it is all about. After this crack on and enjoy the first episode
April 17, 2019