rea11809 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33618
813-264-5100
303 E. Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
813-684-1687

HEEL PAIN: THE CURE

I have the highest published cure rate against common heel pain in the history of medicine. After treating over 17,000 cases in the past 30 years, and, especially, in the last 2 years, my cure rate has risen from 95% to over 99% without surgery, and based on the original published study of 317 cases followed for 10 years is considered permanent.

With regards to heel pain, the problem is misdiagnosis in 90% of the patients. Without checking the patient's heel region properly during the examination, and just listening to the patient's description of his pain, the clinician almost 100% of the time assumes the patient is suffering with plantar fasciitis. This is untrue, sadly, 90% of the time.

I know this to be true because I was a victim of bilateral plantar fasciitis over 30 years ago. It was correctly diagnosed as plantar fasciitis by the chief of the department of surgery of my medical college. He correctly told me, further, that true plantar fasciitis was a mechanical problem brought about by compensation for abnormal foot structure, and would be easily cured by the use of a tool: Root Functional Orthoses. He did not endorse at the time injections, physical therapy, splints or other options. He told me to grin and bear it for several weeks until the orthoses arrived. After inserting the orthoses into my shoes I was rendered pain free within 72 hours. But this was not true of the vast majority of patients I examined or interviewed during my medical education or even during my residency. I knew we were missing something.

30 years ago when I began practicing and the patients were my own I started to examine my heel pain patients by using a discrete palpatory technique by using a non-irritating but firm tool. I began to discover instantly that the center of common heel pain lay in a location different than where we were classically taught to look for it.

The only tissue that could anatomically inhabit this new location while referring pain to other locations had to be a nerve. The pain was worst after rest, was described as shooting across the bottom, back, or down the outside of the heel, as well as into the arch, ankle and leg. Only nerve tissue was capable of such a phenomenon, but no one nerve supplying all these areas had ever been discovered.

Despite the 65 biopsies of resistant cases documented from 1980, I failed to identify the nerve in my operative reports- despite a neuroma diagnosis confirmed by pathology in every case. 6 years later in 1986 two Danish anatomists, Roundhuiss and Huson, published the first paper identifying the nerve they called "the first branch of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve", and which in turn had 5 branches which supplied all of the aforementioned areas. The mystery was finally solved.

Therefore, my research had elucidated the true cause of 90% of common heel pain: a neuroma of the first branch of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve.

I can therefore say unequivocally: If a patient has heel pain lasting for more than several weeks after being treated for plantar fasciitis it's not plantar fasciitis. That patient needs to be checked for a neuroma of the heel, and 90% of the time you will be correct.

Patients are therefore invited to come to the office and be treated for their resistant heel pain with an assurance of over a 99% chance of success without surgery.  You won't be disappointed.

Since I am just in the formative stages of developing the program for clinicians, I can only offer treatment for unhealed cases of heel pain by inviting those patients so motivated to feel free to call and schedule their own appointment directly with the office. I assure you: you won't be disappointed.

Please see the attached research paper for more details. And also understand that the heel pain I refer to encompasses the same symptoms classically attributed to the other diagnoses, including but not limited to : pain upon arising first thing in the morning or after seated during the day and resting, pain with incresed weight-bearing activity, and a failure of the pain to respond to most oral medications, and to even intensify sometimes when orthotic therapy is used.

Haglund's Deformity

Heel Callus

Heel Fissures

Plantar Fasciitis