What We Offer
You've tried everything for your
heel pain. Nothing's worked.
You feel you're out of options.
This is where the Heel Pain Specialty Clinic comes in. We're
here to offer new, innovative treatment options to patients who
haven't responded to anything else.
The Heel Pain Specialty Clinic offers all standard
options such as
steroid injections, massage, physiotherapy, stretching, night
splints, taping and padding, rest, immobilization, acupuncture,
compressive stockings or dressings, application of ice or heat, and
biomechanical treatment options
such as custom-made orthotics, shoes, sandals, boots, and braces.
In fact, this field is one of Dr.
Schumacher's specialties: he is Board Certified by the American
Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Medicine and is a Fellow
in the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.
For those patients who
have not found success with traditional therapies or orthotic
appliances, or for those patients for whom they are unnecessary, we
cutting-edge treatment options that are very difficult to impossible
to find in other facilities.
For instance, we
were the first facility in Canada to offer the piezoelectric form of ESWT, or
and we remain the only facility in at least western
In fact, this technology is still unavailable in the United States.
works extremely well in many chronic,
otherwise non-responsive cases of heel pain is Extracorporeal Shock
Wave Therapy, or ESWT. This is a very specialized
machine that emits intense sound waves into the body to promote
technology is quite analogous to lithotripsy, the technique that
breaks up kidney stones without surgery, except the version we
employ is specifically designed for the musculoskeletal system.
It is particularly well suited to treat many causes of heel pain.
Indeed, we are
pleased to report that success rates with this treatment (with
success determined by the patients, themselves) is approximately
80%. And this statistic is for patients with chronic cases of
heel pain that haven't resolved through traditional, conservative
version of ESWT we possess
is, in our
opinion, the best version of ESWT available anywhere in the world. This version covers all energy
levels and it is the most precisely-focused version of ESWT in
Dr. Schumacher is a
member of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Shockwave
Therapy of Vienna, Austria.
information on shockwave therapy, feel
free to visit our website,
Another cutting-edge treatment for heel
pain that may be indicated is something
Cryosurgery is a form of treatment that employs
extreme cold to treat chronic pain.
The cold is applied to painful nerve
fibers with a small, specialized probe
through a very small incision, in a very
controlled, very precise manner in order to
permanently alleviate pain.
The procedure is performed under local
anesthetic, and the patient is able to
walk post-operatively. And because
the incisions for cryosurgery are very
small, the technique is relatively
non-traumatic compared with other sorts
of foot surgery. So most patients
have very little in the way of issues
Success rates for cryosurgery are
typically in the 80-90% range. And
again, this treatment is only performed
in the worst cases, after conservative
measures have failed.
We are the very first facility in Canada
to offer this technology, and one of
just a handful across North America.
For more information on cryosurgery,
visit our website,
Some specific causes of heel pain seem
to be responsive to
techniques. This is an interesting
technology where instead of using a
scalpel, radio waves are used to
therapeutic effect. When
applicable to heel pain conditions, this
technique can offer interesting
advantages over traditional surgery.
We are the first facility in Canada to
offer radiosurgery to patients with foot
conditions, and we have a great deal of
experience, using this technology on
nearly a daily basis.
For more information on this technology,
feel free to visit our complementary
With these exciting new treatment
options, most cases of chronic heel pain
rarely need traditional surgical
techniques. But when such options
are required, you can feel comfortable
that we have the facility and expertise
to perform both
traditional and minimal incision surgery
(procedures where only a small incision
In fact, foot surgery is another of Dr.
Schumacher's specialties. Dr.
Schumacher is Board Certified in foot
surgery by the American Board of
Podiatric Surgery and holder of
Diplomate status with that organization.
He is also a Fellow in the American
College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
your feet are causing you
pain, immobility, or
otherwise limit your
enjoyment of life, don't
We may be
able to provide you with
some answers and find you
solutions to get you back on
your feet and back into