The gift of pain-free movement

Patricia Smith, of Blackpool, is a former patient of Spire Fylde Coast Hospital
Patricia Smith, of Blackpool, is a former patient of Spire Fylde Coast Hospital
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A pensioner is thanking staff at a Fylde Coast hospital after they used a new approach to relieve a chronic pain in her foot.

Patricia Smith, 86, had first attended Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, on St Walburga’s Road, Layton, for an arthritic knee after a referral from her GP.

Mrs Smith, of Blackpool, went on to have a total knee replacement, but soon afterwards she started experiencing a different kind of pain.

She had developed a problem in her right foot, and referred herself directly to Spire’s physiotherapy department for advice.

It was found that she had plantar fasciitis – an inflammation on the sole of the foot.

Physiotherapist Samantha Wall recommended a new treatment called Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, which is a new non-invasive procedure using sound waves to stimulate healing in conditions which have not responded to other treatments.

Although it’s an uncomfortable experience, Mrs Smith decided it was the only way to relieve her pain, and three 10 minute sessions were carried out over a three week period.

After just one session, Mrs Smith was able to walk from the hospital, with less pain than she’d had in a long time.

But the end of the three weeks, she says she was pain-free.

She said: “I am extremely happy with both of the procedures.

“Initially my knee was the main cause for concern and Mr Patel, the orthopaedic surgeon, was fabulous in the way he explained the cause, possible treatments and finally in the way he performed the operation.

“With regard to the issue with my heel I can say that the price to pay for such an outstanding solution was worth the cost and my life is now back to where it was.

“The staff at the hospital from the consultants to the physio staff were excellent; and I would absolutely recommend the hospital to the highest degree.”

Mrs Smith now enjoys walking, visiting antique fairs and travelling.

Kuntal Patel from Spire Fylde Coast said: “It was a great pleasure to treat Patricia at Fylde Coast Hospital.

“I am very glad that the knee replacement surgery has helped to improve her quality of life, quite substantially. Total knee replacement is indeed a very successful operation with excellent outcomes in the majority of patients.

“The team at Fylde Coast Hospital, including the theatre team, ward team as well as physiotherapists provide an unrivalled quality of care. This helps achieve a successful outcome for almost all my patients.”

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