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Do You Suffer From Heel Pain?

More than ten million Americans suffer from heel pain. The pain may begin after a long walk, but often has no apparent cause. Discomfort is particularly noticed when first getting out of bed and also when getting up after sitting for a while.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain or plantar fasciitis occurs when an imbalance in the foot is allowed to progress to create abnormal stresses in the heel. This imbalance causes increased irritation and swelling, which allows calcium deposits to form a spur at the bottom of the heel. Many patients believe that the pain comes from this spur. However, the pain is actually due to the inflammation in the surrounding soft tissues, which attach to the heel bone (spur).

How do you treat heel pain?

Heel pain can interfere with your lifestyle. Early treatment can help avoid the need for surgery. There are many options available to help get you back to normal everyday activities.

Treatment is aimed at reducing the inflammation with pills, steroid injections or physical therapy, and at the same time, relieving the abnormal stresses on the soft tissues and the subsequent imbalance of the foot to alleviate the problem.

Corrective devices can be inserted into the shoe to adjust the imbalance. In some cases, wearing shock-absorbing shoes, heel cushions or arch supports can help. These treatments relieve the pain in the majority of people. However, about one million sufferers do not respond to conservative treatments.

What if surgery is needed?

In the past, doctors had limited options if conservative care was not effective. However, now there are many procedures to help alleviate heel pain. The most common procedures include:

  • Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF), releases the band of soft tissue, which pulls against the bone resulting in inflammation and pain. Similar to arthroscopic surgery, a small camera lets the doctor perform this surgery through a tiny incision, with a fast recovery.
  • Extracorporal shockwave therapy (ESWT), uses shockwaves to stimulate a healing response, without invasive surgery.
  • Low temperature radiofrequency is utilized in a minimally invasive procedure to increase blood flow to the area and encourage healing with a high success rate.

Which Treatment is Right for Me?

The best treatment depends entirely on your unique health history and the nature of your particular condition. Before receiving any treatment, the first step is to have an evaluation by one of our physicians. The doctor will then be in a position to make a recommendation.

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