The Next Step Difference: Heel Pain


 

Why you should choose Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic if you have heel pain?

Experienced Podiatrists  

I am shocked when patients come to see me for a second opinion with heel pain and they have been given the diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis.  When I ask them how the doctor arrived at that diagnosis I often hear “I don’t know, I just went in and told that Dr. I had heel pain and he told me that I have plantar fasciitis”.  When I ask if the doctor did a careful exam on the foot I frequently hear “No, he didn’t even touch my foot”. There are several causes of heel pain and a successful treatment plan needs, first of all, the right diagnosis.

Advanced Diagnostic Technology

The protocol we use for making the diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis includes a 6 point exam on your leg, ankle, heel and foot.  Our Podiatrists also use of x-ray images of your bones and joints as well as ultrasound images of your ligaments and tendons to make the correct diagnosis.  Virtually half the patients we examine have more issues going on than just Plantar Fasciitis and about 20% of them do not have Plantar Fasciitis at all.

Plantar Fasciitis Specialists

If you truly have Plantar Fasciitis with no additional issues, we have a wonderful treatment plan that usually can get you feeling better fairly quickly (a few days).  We follow that up with long-term plan to heal the damaged tissue. On your first visit our goal is to have you 85-90% better in 2 days. To do that we do several things all at once.  This approach has been very successful for our patients.  

Latest Technology for Any Heel Pain Available

1: Shockwave therapy: Shockwave therapy if appropriately applied has been shown to be as effective as surgery.  It does not interrupt your activities of daily living, has a very quick results in general, and can help induce long-term healing to the tissues.

2: Injections: Frequently if the heel pain has been present for a long time or there is significant degeneration in the ligament (plantar fascia) injections can provide a structural repair model for the tissue to heal itself.  This is often used in conjunction with shockwave therapy. 

We use a technique to help control the pain of injections.  The vast majority of our patients state they have felt significantly less pain with our injections than injections they got elsewhere.  So don’t worry, you are in charge.

3:  We also address possible joint contractures that can contribute substantially to heel pain.  We have specialized equipment that we dispensed to the patient that can treat these conditions and promote healing without interrupting the patient’s lifestyle.

4: Orthotic therapy: Almost every podiatrist does orthotics.   Unfortunately, the vast majority of orthotics dispensed are nothing more than expensive arch supports and do not take into consideration what the patient’s foot is like.  We do a good exam so when you get your orthotic it really controls your foot and decreases stress on the plantar fascia.  

5:  Minimally Invasive Surgery:  Sometimes, nothing else works so surgery is necessary.  We use many different types of surgical approaches to heel pain one of them that is very helpful is a percutaneous procedure where the incision is about as wide as a pencil lead.  This results in a very quick return to work and activity.  

6:  Laser therapy:  We have the gold standard in laser therapy.  It is a robotic computerized laser that provides multiple benefits: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, accelerated tissue repair, and improved vascularity are just a few.  

Don’t just see any doctor for heel pain...see a Podiatrist. Heel pain typically does not heal itself and usually gets worse over time.  Don’t wait another day--call Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic today.

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