Heel pain can be a real drag, stopping you in your tracks and making even simple activities into agonizing experiences. Whether it's a sharp pang with each step or a dull ache that lingers all day, one thing's for sure: You want relief right away.
Luckily for you, Feet First Foot Care Specialists has prepared an informative blog on the podiatric treatments that will help you manage heel pain and stop its source.
Heel Pain Detectives: Unmasking the Culprit
Before we get to treatment, let's identify what we’re dealing with. Common causes of heel pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis: This inflammation of the band of tissue along your foot's sole is notoriously common, causing stabbing pain that’s especially bad in the mornings.
- Heel spurs: These bony growths under your heel bone irritate surrounding tissues, leading to aching and tenderness.
- Achilles tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendon connecting your calf muscle to your heel causes heel pain, especially after strenuous activity.
- Arthritis: Wear and tear of the joints in your foot results in pain, stiffness, and difficulty walking.
Treatment Tactics: Healing Your Heels
Once your podiatrist diagnoses the cause of your heel pain, they'll tailor a treatment plan just for you. Here are some common, conservative approaches:
- Pain relievers: Over-the-counter or prescription medications help manage discomfort.
- Orthotics: These custom shoe inserts provide extra cushioning and support.
- Night splints: These splints keep your foot stretched overnight, easing plantar fasciitis pain.
We Have the Technology: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
This innovative method is like a sonic boom for stubborn heel pain. ESWT uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate tissue healing and reduce inflammation. It's a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure with minimal downtime, making it ideal for those seeking a faster path to relief.
- Effective for chronic pain: Studies show ESWT can be highly effective for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis that haven't responded to other treatments.
- Non-invasive: No needles, no surgery – just sound waves doing their magic.
- Faster recovery: Many patients experience significant pain relief after just a few sessions.
- Minimal side effects: ESWT is generally well-tolerated, with minor side effects like temporary redness or soreness.
Want to learn more about how expert DPM Adam Mucinskas can treat your persistent heel pain? Call 860-632-5499 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!