Heel Pain Treatment
Podiatric Surgery Centre P/L
Heel Pain, Gait Analysis, Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciosis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst.
Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. Ozan Amir is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the underlying source of your heel pain.
To arrive at a diagnosis, Ozan Amir will obtain your medical history and examine your foot. Throughout this process Ozan rules out all the possible causes for your heel pain other than plantar fasciitis.
In addition, diagnostic imaging studies such as x-rays or other imaging modalities may be used to distinguish the different types of heel pain. Sometimes heel spurs are found in patients with plantar fasciitis, but these are rarely a source of pain. When they are present, the condition may be diagnosed as plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome.
Initially see your local podiatrist, who may add one or more of these treatment approaches:
Padding and strapping. Placing pads in the shoe softens the impact of walking. Strapping helps support the foot and reduce strain on the fascia
Orthotic devices. Custom orthotic devices that fit into your shoe help correct the underlying structural abnormalities causing the plantar fasciitis
Injection therapy. In some cases, corticosteroid injections are used to help reduce the inflammation and relieve pain
Removable walking cast. A removable walking cast may be used to keep your foot immobile for a few weeks to allow it to rest and heal
Night splint. Wearing a night splint allows you to maintain an extended stretch of the plantar fascia while sleeping. This may help reduce the morning pain experienced by some patients
Physical therapy. Exercises and other physical therapy measures may be used to help provide relief
Although most patients with plantar fasciosis respond to non-surgical treatment, a small percentage of patients may require surgery. If, after several months of non-surgical treatment, you continue to have heel pain, surgery will be considered. Ozan Amir will discuss the surgical options with you and determine which approach would be most beneficial for you.
, Heel Pain
, Heel Surgery
, Plantar Fasciitis
, Plantar Fasciosis