Stuart Campbell

BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCert, MRCPod

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Specialist Clinic Lead (Bridgewater trust)

Stuart Campbell is the Band 8 foot and ankle clinical lead for Bridgwater Trust in Warrington; in addition he is a lower limb specialist and assesses, diagnoses and treats patients with hip and knee pathology as well as biomechanical issues. As well as working in the NHS, he is proactive within the private sector and works as the foot and ankle/Biomechanics lead for Altius Healthcare where he is fortunate enough to work with a multitude of professional sports people as well as often travelling to various sporting organizations as a consulting specialist. He has lectured at university in sports podiatry and pathology and continues to remain active in teaching in the private sector both domestic and internationally.

Clinical application of shockwave therapy in the treatment and management of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy

The foot and ankle service at Bridgewater trust in Warrington currently see’s 55 patients per week for initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment. A large percentage of these patients present with chronic plantar fasciitis and to a slightly lesser extent Achilles tendinopathy and they have typically been in and around the care pathways for a extensive period, in some instances, years. Having established the foot and ankle service in 2021 the focus was on evidence based approach’s and collaborative working with the MSK/Physio team to ensure successful outcomes and consistency with our patients. Shockwave therapy has provided an integral option to this care plan for both of these conditions, managed alongside a evidence based and crucially up to date treatment plan; long gone are the days of cold water bottle rolling and calf stretching. Data is currently being collected in an internal study relating to shockwave therapy and the effective management of plantar fasciitis, this is an ongoing study at Bridgewater and the results are pending but the aim of this work shop is to share experiences and ideas for the better of our patients.