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Posts for tag: heel pain

July 17, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

While conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and nerve impingements can cause heel pain, the most common cause is plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot.  Poor biomechanics, lack of supportive footwear, obesity, and overuse contribute to the condition.  The pain is typically worse in the morning upon first rising.  Pain may present on the bottom of the heel and radiate to the arch, or in the arch alone.  Plantar fasciitis typically worsens over time.  As with most conditions, the longer one has the issue, the longer it may take to recover.

The best course of treatment uses a multi-modal approach.  Henderson Podiatry offers an array of options consisting of:  prescribing a day and night splint for support and stretch, stretching exercises to relieve tension, steroid injections to reduce inflammation, supportive footwear and orthotics to promote proper gait mechanics, and following the R.I.C.E. guidelines (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).  Other treatment options include:  laser therapy, physical therapy, and surgery. 

Reduce your risk for developing or preventing a recurrence of plantar fasciitis.  Be sure to stretch after exercising and be careful not to over train.  Wear supportive footwear that does not bend or twist easily.  Invest in a good pair of custom orthotics, especially if you work on your feet a lot.  If you are experiencing any kind of foot pain that is impacting your daily life, call our office today.

Orthotics are devices added to footwear that help alleviate pain, improve walking gait, reduce the risk of ulcers, and promote stability.  Orthotics provide support to the heels, arches, and balls of the feet.  They come in a variety of materials and lengths, depending on the manufacturer.  Pricing ranges greatly with orthotics.  Over-the -counter inserts are less costly than a prescribed pair of custom orthotics but, wear out much faster.  So, which is better for you?  Read more below on the comparisons of the two.

Over-the-Counter (OTC)

This type of orthotic can easily be found at any drugstore or shoe retailer.  The orthotics are made for the “general” population assuming all feet are the same.  They typically last three to nine months depending on the wearer and the quality of the shoe in which they are being used.  They can be helpful with alleviating acute foot or ankle problems.  OTC orthotics typically provide extra cushion with a foam or gel material.  While they are cost-effective up front, one must consider the constant cost of replacing them every few months.

Custom Prescription Orthotics

Custom orthotics are prescribed by a podiatrist, following a thorough examination.  Custom orthotics provide comfort while also correcting gait mechanics.  State-of-the-art digital technology is used to scan each foot separately.  The scan is then sent to a laboratory where an orthotic is created based on the topography of each foot.  Since these are specially made, the material used for them is much more durable and typically will last five to ten years.  While the cost up front is greater than an OTC insert, in the long run, the custom orthotics are more cost-effective. 

Almost everyone can benefit from a good orthotic.  Whether the issue be acute (short term) or chronic (long lasting), orthotics help correct walking mechanics while providing support.  Orthotics are especially helpful for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, diabetic ulcers, and general foot and heel pain.  If you have more questions regarding orthotics and inserts, contact our office today!

Now available at Henderson Podiatry’s Willow Street Location

MLS stands for Multi-Wave Locked System.  The MLS Therapy Laser treats pain, inflammation and arthritis.  It features 2 wavelengths on the infrared spectrum that are invisible to the eye, but can be seen using a cell phone camera.  One wavelength is for inflammation and is long lasting.  The other is for pain and is fast acting.  Laser therapy has been cleared by the FDA and has no known negative side effects.

How do lasers work?

Laser energy stimulates cells to remove toxins and allow oxygen and food loads into the cell.  They block pain signals to the brain and release endorphins.  Laser light increases cellular energy and increases blood flow to the area.  Essentially, laser treatment helps jump start the healing process.  MLS laser therapy can actually decrease healing time by 30-40%.  Like an antibiotic, each treatment is cumulative in its effectiveness, building off the previous treatment.  The amount of treatment sessions recommended depends on the duration of a condition.  Acute patients will need 6 treatments every other day for 2 weeks, while chronic patients should have 12 sessions for 4 weeks.  Laser treatments only take about 10 minutes a session and are completely painless.  While some may experience relief after the first treatment, 90% of patients report positive results by the third session.

Conditions treated with MLS

·        Arthritis

·        Bursitis

·        Tendonitis

·        Heel pain/ plantar fasciitis

·        Sprains and strains

·        Wounds

·        Neuromas

·        Neuropathy

·        Post-surgical swelling

·        Sports injuries

Next steps

Foot pain can dramatically affect your way of life.  MLS laser therapy can reduce pain, relieve inflammation and restore mobility.  Call our office today at (717)-464-5603 to schedule a consultation and find out how MLS laser therapy can get your feet feeling better and regain your way of life.