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Heel Pain

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. The condition will sometimes cause a heel spur to form as well

Dr. Joseph C. Taub has successfully treated thousands of patients with plantar fasciitis heel pain. This article describes the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention options.

Causes

The following may cause the development of plantar fasciitis:

  •     ● Sports that require lots of running
  •     ● Being overweight
  •     ● Wearing shoes without adequate support
  •     ● Jobs that require long periods of standing
  •     ● Having flat feet or high arches

Symptoms

Heel pain is the main symptom, especially when you first get out of bed, stand up after sitting for some time, or have been on your feet for a long time.

Treatment

Plantar fasciitis almost always involves non-invasive treatment options. Even if a spur is present, surgery is rare.

Injection of Cortisone

Dr. Taub uses a 30-gage needle (the thinnest available) to ensure minimal pain. He also takes his time to slowly inject the medication to limit discomfort.

Foot Strapping

Special tape is used on the foot to relax the pull on the plantar fascia muscle. This tape can be left on for 5 - 10 days. Blow drying the tape after a shower will allow it to remain on for the full timeframe.

Oral Prescriptions

Anti-inflammatory painkillers or oral cortisone pills may be prescribed.

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

This is a new technology that has seen a high success rate. Ultrasound gel is placed on the bottom of the foot, then an applicator is used to transmit acoustic pressure waves. These waves help heal the damaged tissue. Three to five treatments are necessary for the full benefit.

Orthotics

For long-term management, Dr. Taub also does casting for orthotic devices. While computers can do the job now, Dr. Taub prefers to do it manually to ensure the right cast is made. Special orthotic shoes will help relieve pressure in the affected area.

Prevention

If you're active, remember to perform stretches that work the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf muscles. Wearing supportive shoes and replacing old shoes will also help.

If you're overweight, try to lose some pounds to reduce the pressure on your feet.

Get Relief with Dr. Taub

Dr. Taub's mission is to provide honest, high-quality treatment that exceeds his patients expectations. Both Dr. Taub and his staff are known for their friendly, family-oriented personalities. Education is key, so the doctor and staff both work to ensure patients understand what's going on.

Dr. Taub is a Board Certified Podiatrist in Martin County, Florida. He is known for his compassionate care and flexible treatment options.

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Reviews

2nd generation patient. Dr Taub and his staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. My Mother had two botched surgeries on her foot deformed and painful,by the grace of God, we found Dr Taub

Sandra

Thank you Dr Taub for making my foot feel so much better! You have a great staff who always greets me with a smile.

Debi

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Taub and his staff. My co-worker recommended him for a ingrown toenail procedure. As soon as I walked into his office I was greeted by his friendly staff. All those women are professional, kind and efficient. Dr. Taub took the time to explain what was happening with my toe and the procedure I needed. You can tell he cares about his patients. You do not see this very often anymore. Usually with doctors they are rushing you in and out and don't even know your name. Not Dr. Taub or his staff. I highly recommend him for your podiatry needs.

Jennifer

I was treated by Dr Joseph Taub for a stingray wound on the bottom of my foot. I was first treated by emergency at Marco Island, a week later I had an abscess removed at Jupiter Emergency room and was advised I needed follow up care by a wound specialist. After a couple months I am finally healed, Thanks to Dr. Joseph Taub. He is very knowledgeable, compassionate, and uses the most up to date gentle techniques. The concern and care he has shown me is outstanding and I consider myself very fortunate to have found him. In addition he has a wonderful staff to assist his patients.

Joe

Dr Taub was not only very knowledgeable which was comforting he was very gentle and made sure that I was comfortable throughout my entire procedure. His office staff were very accommodating and helpful. It was great to be able to call a Dr's office and not be told that there were no appointments available for several weeks. I was able to get in within two days of my calling. I would recommend Dr Taub and have recommended him to my friends and family!

Hannah

Two years ago, I visited Dr. Taub for issue with one of my toes. His staff was very courteous, prompt and informative. The experience was first class and the visits were easy to setup and the procedure was better than I could have ever imagined. I would highly Recommend the Doctor and his staff to anyone in need of care.

Paul

I am so happy that my Chiropactor, Kim Hoover, refered me to Dr. Taub. He listens! He personally cares about his patients. I had been frustrated with doctors who didn't listen when I tried to explain my allergies and intolerance to a long list of medications that would interfer with treatment. Dr. taub came up alternatives that give me relief. Ya Hoo! Thank you!

Laura

Dr. Taub is the only doctor I love going to. Not only is he gentle and very caring but I am a real person to him. I might have to see him only once or twice a year but he remembers what is going on in my life and always asks how things are going. He has always been able to fix any problem with my feet in the least painful way possible! If all doctors were like him, healthcare would always be a wonderful experience instead of sometimes a nightmare! God bless you, Dr. Taub!!!!

Anne

Dr. Taub is so well informed and up to date on all of the latest, he took such good care of my Mother and gave her relief from severe foot pain caused by two botched surgeries from orthopedic surgeons. Dr Taub was so dedicated to find the right procedure for her to be able to walk comfortably again. Dr Taub is very caring and pays close attention to what you are telling him. I have been going to him for the last 4 months for a torn achilles that was detected by him but missed by an orthopedic doctor. His office is very professional but at the same time very homey and I love love love his office staff, they are the best. I honestly can't recommend him enough

Sandra

Went to see Dr. Taub after a few other doctors for a case of gout. He actually spoke to me like I was a friend and not just a patient. The med he prescribed worked in one day, where the other doctors never worked. I now enjoy walking and sleeping pain free thanks to Dr. Taub...2 thumbs ( toes actually ) up!!!!

Dan

Dr. Taub is a very compassionate physician. He explains everything as he goes along and alleviates any anxiousness you may be feeling. He is my physician of choice for any foot related issues. All his staff is kind and caring.

Donella

I highly recommend Dr. Taub for any podiatry needs. He is kind, on time, professional and takes the pain away! He also has an updated website and online presence which is very helpful.

Lauren

Staff is always very pleasant which makes getting an appointment very easy. Dr. Taub took wonderful care of my ingrown toe nail. I recommend him to everyone!

Azhari

Dr Taub and his entire staff are wonderful. They make your visit an easy, painless trip. I can't recommend them highly enough.

Mike

Only podiatrist for our family in over 20 years.

Jan

We feel blessed to have found such a competent and caring physician!!!!

Susan

Feet that hurt ain't so neat, His staff is fun and can't be beat. Thanks Dr. Taub for giving so many relief.

Geri
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