Foot & Ankle Expert, Josh Bailey, DPT, Joins PT Talker on our 100th Episode

Heel pain affects nearly 2 million Americans. This painful and debilitating condition is commonly associated with plantar fasciitis. But many of those diagnosed with plantar fasciitis may have a different issue.  In our 100th episode, foot and ankle expert, Josh Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CPed joins PT Talker to provide some tips for effectively treating heel pain. Dr. Bailey is co-owner, president and chief clinical officer for Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia.  He also teaches foot and ankle continuing education courses through North American Seminars.  

As one of the few physical therapists that only treats the foot and ankle, Dr. Bailey is an expert on foot problems experienced by many patients. He’s found that only 10 to 15 percent of the patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis actually have the condition.    Many of those diagnosed with plantar fasciitis actually have heel pain syndrome or one of the over 72 issues that produce heel pain similar to plantar fasciitis.  Each condition requires a different method of treatment. Dr. Bailey stresses the importance of finding the true cause of heel pain to help reduce pain and provide the best possible outcome for patients.  Find ways to determine the factors behind your patient’s heel pain by listening to the full podcast now.

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  1. Posted April 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I am a PT and own a retail store Sports Medicine Store/Metro Walk And Run. We not only sell orthopedic and athletic training type products but we are also a speciality running shoe company as well. I would hope that PT education programs would begin to see the need for in-depth education on the importance of foot and ankle in regards to overall well being. Too many times runners come the store after having been sent to us by a PT for a knee support when on fact it is a foot foundation issue that needs to be addressed. The same holds true for orthopods who only look at the localized area of discomfort with no regards to the any other area of the kinetic chain. I work very closely with the head trainer for the KC Chiefs in providing custom orthotics for players. He and I have addressed and successfully attacked players knee issues that are in fact a foot support/placement issue.

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