Heel pain can be a very complex problem, with a wide variety of possible causes and diagnoses. However, the most common heel pain diagnosis we see, at least among adults, is a condition called plantar fasciitis.
If you are suffering from pain located on the bottom of the heel, particularly after getting out of bed or standing up after a lengthy rest, plantar fasciitis is the most likely culprit.
Fortunately, almost all cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully without surgery. The sooner you make an appointment, the better your chances that the simplest, least-invasive treatment methods will be successful.
Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis patients can be treated with a variety of approaches, ranging from simple to advanced therapy. You may be able to do some of these treatments at home, while others will require professional attention.
Finding an effective solution may take longer if the symptoms have been present for an extended period of time. Chronic plantar fasciitis leads to plantar fasciosis (a thickening of the fascia) making it more difficult to treat.
Plantar fasciitis treatment options include:
The treatment method RICE is an abbreviation for rest, icing, compression, and elevation. Each of the four elements addresses the condition differently:
Rest: Resting is essential for healing plantar fasciitis. Avoid strenuous activities and sit down whenever possible.
Icing: Icing can help reduce inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament and numb pain signals. However, ice by itself is only effective for the initial 48 hours of symptoms, after which contrast baths are more effective (alternating between ice water and warm water baths.)
Compression: Compression helps with swelling and circulation. Use a compression sleeve or tape if needed.
Elevation: Elevating your feet above your heart helps with swelling and pain by promoting better circulation.
Physical therapists can show you stretching exercises that can be done at home multiple times a day to increase the flexibility of your lower leg muscles and reduce strain on the plantar fascia.
MLS Laser Therapy
Treatment using the MLS (Multi-Wave Locked System) laser can help manage chronic and acute pain. Pulsed and continuous wavelengths are delivered to the injured area to reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing.
You can improve plantar fasciitis with the help of custom orthotics, which support the arch and stabilize the foot to reduce strain on the plantar fascia. Orthotics are one of the most frequently recommended conservative treatments for plantar fasciitis.
Extreme Cases – Surgery
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes swollen and irritated. Open or minimally invasive procedures are available to release the fascia surgically or treat with Topaz technology, under anesthesia.
Do Not Allow Plantar Fasciitis to Hold You Back Anymore!
If you’re interested in getting the best treatments for your plantar fasciitis, we are ready and waiting to hear from you. You should seek our care for plantar fasciitis as soon as possible to reduce your risk of needing more intense treatments.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bobrowski at InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry in New Bern, call us today at (252) 638-4700. You may also request an appointment online, if you prefer.