Heel pain is an extremely common that has many possible causes. These include stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, cysts, tendinitis, and, most often, PLANTAR FASCIITIS.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes pain on the bottom of the heel, especially first thing in the morning or after rising from a long car ride.
Risk factors include:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Heel Spurs
- Non-supportive shoes
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
There are many conservative treatment options for plantar fasciitis, including a stretching regimen, icing, footwear modifications, anti inflammatory medications and weight reduction to lessen impact on the feet. Chronic cases can be treated with Custom Designed Orthotics, a walking boot, or night splints. We have access to a Physical Therapist on premises. Modern techniques of Extra-Corporal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) and minimally invasive Endoscopic Plantar fasciotomy (EPF) are available. Surgery to remove the heel spur is an option of last resort, but only if all other treatments have been ineffective.
If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment with your trusted Board Certified podiatrists today. Don't wait. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can walk without pain.