Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

If you experience a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel, especially when you start walking after resting for a while, you likely have plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common problem that walks through our door. The good news is we love treating plantar fasciitis and have developed in-depth protocols to make it better. We offer a variety of treatment options that can be tailored to the individual patient.

The plantar fascia is a tough, fibrous band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. Common causes of damage to this tissue include walking/standing on hard surfaces, running or high-impact exercise, excess weight, and abnormalities in the structure of your foot.

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If you don’t treat plantar fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. Fortunately, the condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy or cortisone injections.

When conservative measures fail, we may use EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) or PRP injections (Platelet Rich Plasma) to treat plantar fasciitis. Due to its high success rate and non-invasive technology, EPAT is often recommended by our physicians to patients with plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fascia surgery is an option if all else fails. This involves a release of the ligament from the heel bone. This procedure is reserved for patients who have severe pain and have failed other treatments for 6-12 months. 

If you are experiencing heel pain, we encourage you to request an appointment with one of our podiatrists now. Contact us right through the website and one of our receptionists will be in contact with you shortly. Or you can call our office at (603) 431-6070 during business hours and speak with someone.

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