Dr. Sheth here and I wanted to share some information about heel pain. For many of us, unfortunately, our new shelter-in-place norm means walking around at home without shoes. This can cause quite a bit of heel pain!
Plantar fasciitis can be one cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the foot’s rubber band extending from the heel to the ball of the foot. This band needs to stretch when the foot hits the ground. When the band can’t stretch to meet the demands of your foot during weight bearing, you have pain. (See the “x” on my foot.)
If you’ve had this pain, you know how bad it can feel! Not only can it cause you to miss out on your activities, but you start moving differently leading to pain and injury elsewhere. Typically, increasing your plantar fascia’s ability to stretch and decreasing your arch collapse should help to get you on your feet again. Helping your feet by stretching not only the plantar fascia but also the back of the calf and using more supportive shoes when you are standing or walking can give you relief.
When plantar fasciitis doesn’t resolve, you may need a more structured approach. Our doctors at Foot and Ankle Associates are trained to guide you through individualized treatment designed for you and your life, including fabricating custom orthotics to put into your shoes. We are also all trained in advanced cutting edge treatment modalities or even surgery should your pain persist. We utilize regenerative treatments to repair the plantar fascia like Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), Amniotic Stem Cell Injections, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections. Check out our website for more information!
Life’s too short to have your feet hurt!
Take care and be well.