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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.