Three years ago fifty-eight year old Kathryn Lloyd was worried about another growing pain in her foot. She was already suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and the addition of a separate condition to the same area was making things ten times worse. She couldn’t exercise, she couldn’t play with her grandchildren and putting any pressure on her foot was becoming unbearable
“Two-and-a–half years ago I went to my GP seeking help for a pain in my foot that had been getting progressively worse. I had already seen him regarding my CRPS in the past, but I knew this was something different.
My GP referred me to an NHS physiotherapist who suggested some stretching techniques that would help with the pain. Unfortunately, the stretching did not help and eventually, after quite a few sessions with no improvement, the physio suggested that I increase my pain killers because there was nothing else that she could do for me.
It got to a point where I could no longer put my foot on the floor without excruciating pain.
That’s when I started doing some research into my symptoms and discovered that I had a condition called Plantar Fasciitus. This discovery meant I could start doing some research into the possible treatments that were open to me. Some treatments, like shockwave therapy, were not appropriate due to my CRPS so in an effort to relieve some of the pain I tried a long list of other treatments that I hoped would help; orthopaedic shoes, roller balls and night splints to name just a few – nothing worked.
After further research I discovered that Dr Shaffer was offering radiotherapy treatment for Plantar Fasciitis in Guildford. I asked my GP for a referral to Dr Shaffer who I met with to discuss how the treatment worked and whether it would be right for me. After the initial consultation Dr Shaffer agreed that I would be a suitable candidate for radiotherapy and agreed to start my treatment.
Initially, I was quite intimidated by the machine that was going to administer my treatment, but the team in Guildford helped to put my mind at ease and explained everything that was going to happen step-by-step. The treatment itself was quick and painless.
In all honesty the pain got worse while I was receiving the radiotherapy treatment, but three weeks later things started to improve and six months on I am happy to say that things are still improving. There is still some pain, but significantly less than before I had the treatment – and it’s still getting better. I still do the stretches that the physio taught me and I have gradually been able to increase the movement of my foot as the pain has lessened.
Now I take part in a Pilates/Yoga class twice a week to stay active – something I never would have been able to do before the treatment, but much more importantly I can play with my grandchildren whenever they come to stay.”
*Please note that results may vary for different people.