Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
If You Have Heel Pain, We Can Help
There are many causes of heel pain. The most common are plantar fasciitis, affecting the bottom of the heel, and Achilles tendinitis, affecting the back of the heel. Some other causes of heel pain are heel spurs, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, stress fractures, inflammation, bone conditions and more.
It’s important to see your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and best treatment for your specific type of heel pain. The good news is, our podiatrists are experts in treating heel pain, and most of our therapies do not require any surgery.
MLS Laser Therapy for Fast Relief
We offer MLS Laser Therapy, which provides dramatic and fast relief for many of our patients – even those with severe heel pain. Be sure to ask us about MLS Laser Therapy if you are suffering with heel pain! Just give us a call, or use the form at the bottom of this page to request an appointment.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common types of heel pain. It’s caused by an inflammation of the connective tissue, or plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point where it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.
Here at The Foot & Ankle Center, we have a 95 percent success rate in treating plantar fasciitis with non-surgical methods. We've had good success treating heel pain with our custom designed treatment protocol. It involves a combination of flexibility exercises, physical therapy, special splints to reduce stress to the inflamed ligament and anti-inflammatory medications. We can also offer you advanced MLS laser therapy and shockwave therapy (think of this as "lithotripsy" of the foot). We can fit you with a foot orthotic that slips in your shoe to keep your foot in proper alignment. We even modify our own custom orthotics right here in our clinic to ensure the highest quality and a proper fit.
While some cases may call for surgery, chances are we can treat your heel pain successfully without surgery. If you're suffering from heel pain, please get in touch! Just give us a call, or use the form at the bottom of this page to request an appointment.
Please note that your appointment is not final until our scheduling coordinator has contacted you to confirm your appointment. If you need to cancel an appointment, or will be delayed, please call us as soon as possible at 804-320-FOOT (3668).