Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain, heel spurs) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, provide immediate pain-relieving treatment and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Also called "heel spur syndrome," the condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as injectable or oral use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy.

Because plantar fasciitis has been known to recur, newer treatment modalities such as extra corporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) can be effectively performed in the office with a 85-90% success rate.  This is non-invasive "surgical" treatment of plantar fasciitis which allows immediate weight bearing after the procedure and return to work/activity. 

We offer minimally invasive surgery for plantar fasciitis as well. Tenex Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to view and remove damaged tissue. Removing the tissue allows the fascia to heel properly. There is quick recovery and rapid pain relief. 

Surgery for plantar fasciitis is typically a last resort.  Our success rate in healing plantar fasciitis is over 95% non-surgical.  Of the 5% of patients that may need surgery, they can expect a full return to activity after surgery in most all cases.