Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) Treatment In Fairview & Northern NJ
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR HEEL PAIN (PLANTAR FASCIITIS)?
We treat a lot of heel pain or plantar fasciitis in our office. Many of the symptoms include pain when you first get up in the morning, burning, numbness and increased symptoms by the end of the day.
The pain is usually caused by tightening of the plantar fascia ligament located on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia ligament supports the arch. When you're resting, the ligament contracts. As you start to walk, the ligament pulls and may tear slightly causing pain. Heel pain can also be brought on by trauma, over exertion, ill- fitting shoes or poor foot alignment.
Help for Heel Pain
We initially treat plantar fasciitis conservatively with:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Night splints
- Possibly an injection
- Laser Therapy
Proper foot support is one of the most important treatments we recommend. The purpose of foot support is to stop the ligament from tearing, thereby, getting at the cause of the problem. We often prescribe custom orthotics for the best possible foot support. Custom orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes, which are custom molded specifically to your foot, to correct the faulty foot alignment and bring your foot into a more correct position.
If conservative treatments fail, Radiofrequency Lesioning or even more traditional open surgery of the heel can be discussed. Schedule an appointment for a complete evaluation with Dr. Maimone, our Heel Pain Specialist.