Heel pain is the most common diagnosis that we see in our practice. It is important to understand that not all heel pain is "plantar fasciitis." Heel pain can be caused from stress fractures, achilles tendonitis, nerve compression, sciatic nerve irritation, and growth plate injuries in children. A good majority of patients that we see that have heel pain do have "Plantar Fasciitis."
A good majority of our patients get relief and eventual resolution of heel pain with conservative treatment such as custom orthotics, tapings, stretching, night splints, NSAIDS, PT, cortisone injections via Ultrasound guidance, and sometimes a brief period of immobilization with a cam walker boot.
Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown are board certified in foot surgery and can perform some of the latest state of the art treatments for chronic heel pain if needed. Topaz and minimally invasive release of the plantar fascia are two options with a quick recovery time and minimally post operative follow up. Our doctors are also looking at new minimally invasive procedures that involve the use of Ultrasound to repair and chronically degenerative plantar fascia ligament. Procedures such as Tenex, the use of biologics, and PRP are some of the options for chronic heel pain. We will take the month of April and May to discuss some of these state of the art minimally invasive procedures in our upcoming blogs.
We pride ourselves in keeping up with the latest technology to give our patients the best chance to heal and become increasingly more active.