Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
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Steve MaxTheMaths
Steve MaxTheMaths
Huge thanks to Jamie and the team for getting me back on my feet! Fabulous service. Highly recommended.
Nickie Apperly
Nickie Apperly
Great service, Tom is very reassuring and encouraging. His confident yet, caring approach made me feel at ease and my recovery has definately benefitted from this.
Fred Warren
Fred Warren
Several months ago I was stricken with severe sciatica, strong pain killers were prescribed by my GP but they had unacceptable side effects. I contacted Skelian and Jamie quickly sorted out my problem, without further medication. During the course of my treatment, I found that Jamie's manipulations of my neck gave a certain amount of relief to the vertigo and muzziness “brain fog”, which I had been suffering from, for the past five years. I am thankful to Skelian and Jamie in particular for his caring approach to my ailments, he has an excellent bedside manner and he has given me beneficial advice to help with my long standing dizziness problems.
Kam Mistry
Kam Mistry
Very happy. Jamie was great - friendly and professional. I certainly felt that I was in good hands and could already feel the benefits after my first visit. After three sessions the pain has gone.
Monica Wragg
Monica Wragg
I highly recommend the Skelian Clinic. The lovely Aaron has cured my lower back pain in a matter of a few weeks so that I can now resume and enjoy my walks. Everyone at the clinic is very professional, kind and friendly. Thank you.
Zara Winters
Zara Winters
I walked in to the Skelian clinic at my wit's end - my neck and shoulders hurt from decades of poor posture due to computer work, my left forearm was tight and painful and I had been suffering with agonizing tennis elbow in my right arm which was waking me up every night. It felt like my entire upper body had seized up. From the moment I entered the clinic I felt a good vibe - Angela, the receptionist, made me feel relaxed and welcome and was just lovely to be around, she takes a genuine interest in every client and radiates warmth - and has a lovely singing voice to boot! Victoria, who I cannot thank enough, has worked miracles. After four treatments, using a combination of dry needle therapy, targeted deep tissue massage and spinal manipulation I feel like a different person. The pain has almost completely gone and I have a workable action plan on how to look after my joints. Victoria is empathic, exceptionally knowledgeable, witty and a great listener. She explains what she is doing in straightforward language and puts you at ease immediately. I can honestly say that I am blown away by the results, it is life changing to have that debilitating pain taken away. I wish I'd gone sooner. If you are suffering with neck, back or joint problems please just book an appointment online, you owe it to yourself.
Brian Evans
Brian Evans
I was not expecting the relief that I experienced, From the moment treatment started I was made relaxed, after my first treatment I could not believe the difference, All the staff were very professional, the treatment was exceptional, Actually looking foreward to my next appointment
I've been coming to Dani for regular Sports Massage appointments for nearly a year now, recently transitioning on to the Hot Stones massage. As someone who likes to regularly weight train these sessions have been invaluable to my recovery and have ensured that any aches, pains and knots are kept to their absolute minimum. I've recently moved over to the Hot Stones massage and highly recommend it, it's a great mixture of traditional sports massage techniques combined with the hot stones - this will be my go to massage moving forward. Dani is extremely welcoming, friendly and a pleasure to be around - I can't rate her highly enough!
Nicky Harris
Nicky Harris
Friendly, professional service. Tom has been fantastic at sorting out my neck and back issues, providing explanation before, during and after treatment as well as providing after care exercises I can do at home. I have been delighted with my treatment so far. Thank you!
craig pockett
craig pockett
Would highly recommend Skelian chiropractic & physiotherapy 👍🏼 sorted my aches & pains out for me😊
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Plantar Fasciitis

A painful condition relating to foot pain around  the heel or sole of your foot. In this article we look at symptoms, causes and treatment options.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. Pain is generally experienced on the underside of the foot around the heel. The pain in the foot comes from inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue that runs under the foot. The Plantar fascia runs from the heel and then fans out to attach to the underside of the toes. The band of tissue is there to support the arch of the foot and absorb stress when walking.

What are Plantar Fasciitis symptoms?

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • Sharp or stabbing pain in the foot
  • Pain first thing in the morning when getting out of bed
  • Pain gets better after the first few steps in the morning 
  • The pain can return after running or walking for long periods of time 
  • The pain can also be made worse by standing for a long time 
  • Getting up after sitting for a long time can also bring about the pain
  • Sometimes the pain is aggravated by different types of footwear

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis 

When on your feet and you are actively working the plantar fascia, you can cause small tears to occur in the tissue. Repeated stress through the plantar fascia can lead to irritation or inflammation in the tissues. Despite this, there are many other factors that can be adding to the problem. 

Some additional factors for causing plantar fasciitis:

  • The surface(s) that you stand, walk or run on
  • The type or style of shoes you wear
  • Exercise levels 
  • Carrying extra weight 
  • In some cases inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis

Diagnosing plantar fasciitis 

There are many ways to diagnose plantar fasciitis, the main important part of diagnosing the problem is identifying the key areas of the problem that differentiate it from other foot pain conditions such:

  • Arthritis of the foot
  • Nerve compression around the foot 
  • Referral pain from other areas of the body such as the spine 
  • Stress fracture of the bones in the foot 
  • Loss of fatty tissue under the heel
  • Bony growth at the base of the heel

Plantar fasciitis is mainly diagnosed from the history of your complaint as well as a physical examination by the chiropractor, physiotherapist or sports therapist.

At Skelian we also offer diagnostic ultrasounds to confirm the diagnosis by scanning the foot. These scans are performed by our experienced specialist physiotherapist. These scans will be able to show you a live image of your foot and where the problem is coming from or not.

Once you have been given a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis we have a variety of treatment options available at Skelian. 

Treatment of plantar fasciitis 

In most cases the longer a condition has been around the harder it is to treat. If you have been struggling with foot pain for longer than 2 weeks it is probably worth seeking help from one of our experienced chiropractors, physio or sports therapist. Alongside the length of time you have been suffering from foot pain, your work, life or exercise demands might also be contributing to the problem. The length of time you have had the foot pain and your lifestyle will determine the length of time you will need to be treated. Typically the longer you’ve had the pain the longer the course of treatment may last.

Types of treatment for plantar fasciitis 

Soft tissue release and stretching 

Generally speaking, stretching is one of the “go to” forms of treatment or home exercise for plantar fasciitis. The stretching exercises should be focused on the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Your chiropractor,physio or sports therapist will talk you through the home exercises needed to help progress your case. Alongside the stretching exercises, you will also be assessed for foot strength. If needed, you will be prescribed foot and ankle exercises to practice at home to help improve the function of the foot. 

Shockwave therapy 

Shockwave therapy is a fantastic and effective treatment for many cases of plantar fasciitis. The aim of shockwave therapy is to create micro trauma to the plantar fascia, which then stimulates a healing response by the body. Helping promote the healing of the plantar fascia tissues. At Skelian most of our practitioners are experienced at using the shockwave machine when treating plantar fasciitis. 

Steroid injections 

Steroid injections are in most cases a last resort when it comes to treating plantar fasciitis. If your symptoms are stubborn after trying several forms of treatment, then a steroid injection might be considered for your case. The aim of a steroid injection is to significantly reduce the inflammation in the problem area of the plantar fascia. These injections can only be performed a limited amount of times before the plantar fascia starts to experience a negative effect from the steroid injection. 

Our steroid injections at Skelian are performed under ultrasound for ultimate accuracy by our specialist physiotherapist.  

Modification of activities or lifestyle 

When trying to recover from plantar fasciitis, you may need to change what you are doing on a regular basis, especially if it is contributing to your problem.

These changes include:

  • Use a padded or well cushioned shoe or footwear 
  • Reduce the distance you are running or walking
  • Change to exercises that do not put pressure on the foot or heel such as swimming or cycling
  • Using tape to support the foot, ankle and surrounding muscles 
  • Wearing a medical boot at night to continue stretching the plantar fascia at night 
  • Reduce time spent on hard surfaces


Orthotics or supportive insoles put into your shoes or footwear might also help support the foot or help take pressure off of sensitive areas. 


Some patients find putting ice around the area of pain helpful for reducing symptoms or speeding up the recovery of plantar fasciitis. If the ice treatment is too cold, patients have tried putting their feet in a container of cold water. The aim of this is to encourage the reduction of inflammation in the foot/feet. 

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Our team

Alex Broomsgrove, Chiropractor Cheltenham Skelian

Alex Broomsgrove



“I always strive to get to the root of the issue and then work with my patients to find a solution to the problem”

Sports Therapist Cheltenham

Dani Cowley

Sports Therapist

“My goal is to help all  my patients return to their preferred activity whilst maintaining a pain-free and healthy lifestyle. I always aim to go one step further by minimising the risk of future injury through rehabilitation plans and hands-on therapy.”

Victoria West



“ Every patient’s health requirements are unique to them; my aim is to provide patients with care that is centred around their needs.”

Jonathan Wride

Specialist Physiotherapist

HCPC MCSP AACP PgC Injection Therapy, MSK Sonographer and Independent Prescriber:

“I’m passionate about giving patients instant access to high-level diagnostics and specialist treatments, helping to reduce the waiting times of patients and hopefully speeding up their recovery.”


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Chiropractic Follow up treatment – £48
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Sports Therapy Consultation – £60
Follow up Sports therapy appointment – £35
Massage (1 hour) – £60


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