Do you have heel pain that just doesn’t seem to be getting any better? You’ve been seen by a doctor already who has told you to stretch, ice, use an anti-inflammatory. Maybe you had to endure several steroid injections or had custom orthotics fabricated and you’re STILL not getting any better. If you think there are no other options other than surgery at this point…think again!
Heel pain such as plantar fasciitis can be extremely difficult to treat, especially if the patient has experienced pain for several years. Most of the time, the conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis is similar to the treatment options mentioned above. Stretching, icing, and anti-inflammatories are key components for resolution of the pain. Steroid injections and custom orthotics also play a key role in decreasing inflammation and addressing instability in the foot, respectively.
There are patients, however, that do not respond to these treatments. If you are one of them, I would like you to read about advanced treatment options we offer at Advanced Podiatry for chronic heel pain listed below. If these heel pain symptoms sound too familiar, call our office and schedule an appointment to discuss your advanced treatment options with our doctors today.
- Super pulse laser therapy– laser therapy is a painless procedure which enhances tissue healing and new blood vessel formation to areas of injury or inflammation. We suggest at least 5-10 sessions of laser therapy performed 1-2 times per week. This treatment in combination with Shockwave has produced superior results for heel pain relief.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave therary (ESWT)- an office procedure using a device that stimulates tissue healing in localized areas of inflammation such as the plantar fascia. This therapy is performed in 3 sessions and initiates reactivation of the tissue repair in the body. When used with Super pulse laser therapy, patients can expect quick pain relief and return to activity.
- Prolotherapy– also called “Regenerative Medicine.” This advanced treatment option is a series of injections consisting of natural products which promote activation of the body’s healing cascade and initiates tissue repair. No down-time is required for these injections and activity can actually help stimulate a faster healing response.
- Cryosurgery– a minimally invasive office procedure that applies ice using a freezing probe to an area of inflammation such as with plantar fasciitis. Cryosurgery is essentially “ice therapy” that is applied under the surface of the skin directly on the injured tissue.