Heel pain is Dr. Lang's specialty and it has been for over thirty years. He has helped thousands of patients find relief with his heel pain protocol. Make an appointment and reclaim your foot health today!
Heel Pain Protocol May Include:
- Evaluation and change of shoe gear
- Custom-made orthotics
- Steroid therapy, which reduces inflammation and gives the plantar fascia an opportunity to heal
- Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy
- Use of anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation of the fascia (Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.)
- Cutting edge regenerative therapies
- Specialized stretches
- Change in diet and lifestyle
What Exactly is Heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis, a term used by physicians to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot, is also often referred to as heel spur syndrome. Moreover, 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.
Most Common Cause of Plantar Fasciitis
Pronation, 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
- An inflammatory diet rich in sugar, low quality carbohydrates and processed foods
Symptoms of Heel Pain
- Pain, especially when taking those first morning steps
- Sensation of heat
When Conservative Treatment Fails:
It's uncommon, but when conservative treatment fails, endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF), a minimally invasive and minimally traumatic surgical treatment may be recommended. EPF is indicated for the release of the proximal medial aspect of the fascia in cases that do not respond to aggressive, non surgical therapies. Recovery is often speedy and patients are back in their shoes within 48 hours after surgery.
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