Heel Pain Is Our Specialty
The heel contains the largest bone in the foot. Heel pain can occur for any number of reasons, and Dr. Edward Lang at New Orleans Podiatry Associates has a number of conservative treatments available to give you immediate relief. Heel pain is our field of speciality, and we understand the devastating effects it can have on your life. Make an appointment today and recapture your quality of life.
Why Not Surgery?
Surgery is usually not needed for plantar fasciitis. About 95 out of 100 people who have plantar fasciitis are able to relieve heel pain without surgery. One of the most common and popular conservative treatments for plantar fasciitis is steroid injection therapy.
Pain by Any Other Name Still Hurts the Same: Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain/Heel Spur Syndrome
Plantar fasciitis is the term used by physicians to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot, and it is more commonly referred to as heel spur syndrome or heel pain. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. The pain associated with this condition may disappear for a time, but it can always return, especially after a long period of time spent resting or walking.
Most Common Cause of Plantar Fasciitis
Overpronation, excessive inward motion, is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, the foot flattens, the arch lengthens, and the plantar fascia receives additional tension. Over time, this causes inflammation.
Additional Causes of Heel Pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Being overweight
- Heel spurs, or bony growths on the underside of the heel
- Incurring an Injury or bruise due to walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces
- Wearing poorly fitting shoes
Symptoms of Heel Pain
- Pain, especially when taking those first morning steps
- Sensation of heat
Treatment for Heel Pain
- Appropriate stretching exercises
- Appropriately fitting shoes, including custom-made orthotics, of which NOPA offers more than 150 unique possibilities
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injection therapy, which reduces inflammation and gives the plantar fascia an opportunity to heal
- Surgery to release the plantar fascia, when conservative care has not produced sufficient results.
- Use of anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation of the fascia (Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.)
- Use of ice packs
Plantar Fasciitis Video
This is a YouTube video that provides good information for those who are interested in heel and arch pain. For more information on morning exercises that will give you great relief from heel and arch pain or to learn more about how to choose the right shoes to alleviate plantar fasciitis, make an appointment with Dr. Edward Lang today!
For more information on heel pain treatment, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, please call (504) 457-2300.