In 2009, I suffered from constant heel pain which I was told by my doctor was Plantar Fasciitis, caused from my sporting activities. I had to stop all my activities except for walking but that soon also became an issue where my heel hurt all the time. My doctor sent me to see a podiatrist where I was assessed and had some custom-made orthotics made for me with the expectation of my problem to be completely resolved. It helped to ease my heel pain at the very beginning, however, after using the orthotics for a few months, the pain came back. I had been suffering this heel pain for more than a year now and I thought I had to live with my heel pain for my rest of my life. Luckily, my friend from my gym introduced me to a physiotherapist named Michael Hofstatter. Michael completed a very in-depth assessment and then treated me with acupuncture to release my pain and correct my biomechanics and he also taught me how to work on my foot tissue through exercise and education. It allowed my injured tissue to become stronger and recover faster.
After five treatments, my heel pain was totally gone and I have had no other issues since then.
“I started seeing Michael due to excruciating pain going down my right hip and through my right leg. I couldn’t walk, sit or stand without pain. I had seen five physiotherapists before finding Michael. They all used the same therapy, ultrasound, heat and TENS. This method of treatment did not alleviate the pain.
Michael was able to identify the cause of the pain. Using medical acupuncture and active release therapy, Michael was able to take away my pain. He gave me stretches and exercises that I could do at home that would keep the pain from coming back. With Michael’s help and encouragement, I was able to complete a 500 km cycling tour through Provence, France. I would never have been able to complete this ride without Michael’s treatment. Currently, I am training with Michael to complete the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton ON. Which is a 30 km race.
Not only is Michael very skilled at his profession, but he cares. It’s very rare to find someone in the health care field who truly cares for his patients the way Michael does. He is an amazing physiotherapist, and a very special human being.”