It has been estimated that nearly half of all patients visiting a foot & ankle specialist present with a chief complaint of Heel Pain. The majority of these patients will simply be given a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. While this diagnosis may be accurate in many cases, the etiology of heel pain can be complex and multi-factorial including such diagnoses as inferior calcaneal fat pad atrophy, medial calcaneal nerve entrapment, or multiple etiology heel pain syndrome. Misdiagnosed patients often receive unnecessary treatment including steroid injections, which rarely are effective even with a proper diagnosis, and surgery. Even when the culprit is plantar fasciopathy, there is no agreed upon staging and grading scheme to determine appropriate treatment. The introduction of diagnostic ultrasound has shifted this and allowed for the creation of a new paradigm in the diagnosis and treatment of Heel Pain. This one day course will cover accurate diagnostic techniques for all possible etiologies of Heel Pain as well as Dr. Barrett’s 4-tier grading scale for plantar fasciopathy and corresponding treatment modalities. This revolutionary approach will make you better equipped to “Heal the Heel” and will dramatically improve your patient outcomes and increase practice revenue.
Dr. Barrett is a world renowned leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain and peripheral neuropathy. He has lectured all over the world on these and other foot and ankle topics. He is the Developer/Inventor of the Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy Technique, as described in Campbell's Operative Orthopedics, Ninth Edition: Volume 2, Mosby, 1998, and has trained over 5,000 doctors in this procedure. Dr. Barrett has been named a National “Top Podiatrists” by the Consumer's Research Council of America 7 times, including 2009-present. Dr. Barrett has authored over four dozen journal articles in prestigious scientific publications such as the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, and has authored or co-authored four textbooks, including “Diagnostic Ultrasound of the Foot and Ankle” in 2013. Dr. Barrett is in academic private practice in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Barrett is also the Founder & Medical Director of US Neuropathy Centers.
"This course changed my approach to my heel pain patients. This is going to be a continued practice builder. I haven't been this optimistic about a new treatment in years."
Richard Adams, DPM, Texas
"Best 2 day conference I’ve ever attended. The method of instruction really helped me understand and expand my knowledge of plantar heel pain."
James Anderson, DPM, FACFAS, Illinois
"Dr. Barrett continues to provide access to innovative and evidenced based treatment options for heel pain that force us to challenge dogma and think outside the box."
Damien Dauphinée, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS, Texas