Heel Pain Treatment
This time of year, you might be on your feet more than usual as you entertain holiday guests, prepare extravagant meals, and spend extra time shopping. If your heel pain is preventing you from doing everything you would like to do it may be time to seek heel treatment options from Northeastern Foot & Ankle.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, which effects more than 2 million people a year. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick, flat band of connective tissue, also known as a ligament, that stretches from the heel of your foot to the base of your toes and provides shock absorption when you walk. The pain can become debilitating, making it difficult to walk or stand, and it’s often worse when you just wake up.
Treatments for Heel Pain
There are a variety of heel pain treatment options that can help alleviate the pain, increase your mobility, and restore your function. For many people, rest, ice, and taking an NSAID like ibuprofen can help resolve mild cases of plantar fasciitis. However, if you have tried this therapy and you still wake up in extreme pain in your heel or your heel pain is aggravated when you stand for long periods of time, you may need to consider other treatment options like physical therapy or cortisone injections.
Gastrocnemius Recession and Plantar Fascia Release
If none of the therapies or treatments work for you, additional treatments for heel pain have been developed. Gastrocnemius recession is a surgical procedure in which we divide the fascia to lengthen the calf muscle, which releases pressure on the foot and can resolve heel pain. Plantar Fascia release is a surgery in which the part of the plantar fascia ligament is cut to relieve inflammation.
If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.