Heel Pain

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What is plantar fasciitis?  (heel pain)

Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. It 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.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The main warning sign of plantar fasciitis is pain and stiffness in the heel and foot. The pain associated with this condition intensifies:

  • When you first get out of bed in the morning
  • When getting up after sitting for a period of time during the day
  • After standing for some time
  • Climbing stairs
  • After exercise

What does heel pain feel like?

It feels like a dull ache most of the time, but when the patient first gets out of the bed in the morning, or when getting up after sitting for a period of time during the day, the pain in the heel is impressive. It almost feels like the heel has been bruised, like falling on a rock barefoot, but it is worse.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can occur without an obvious cause. However, some issues can increase your risk for the condition, including:

  • Exercising (or increasing exercising)
  • High-impact exercise (or increasing miles to run a marathon)
  • Additional body weight
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Standing and walking for long periods of time (like walking your dog)
  • Wearing high heels, or improper shoes that either do not fit right or soles are too soft
  • Sports injury

Treating heel painmls laser

There are many treatment options available for heel pain. In most cases conservative commended. Treatment such as heel pain stretches, orthotics, physical therapy, proper  treatment is all that’s needed.  New shoes or painless laser therapy may be enough to treat your heel pain. If you have a severe case, surgical intervention may be required.  In most cases, conservative treatment is all that is needed.  And most patients feel better after their initial treatment.

Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics offer one of the most advanced technologies for heel pain.  The MLS Therapy Laser has a unique pain-relieving effect, which can be dramatic.  Many patients feel significantly better in just a few treatments.  

Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.  Plantar fasciitis doctor, Dr. Ripepi of Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics offer a variety of some of the newest options to treat plantar fasciitis including surgery.

Do you have any questions about Plantar Fasciitis treatment or would like to schedule an appointment often the same day with Dr. Ripepi, please contact our office today for a consultation.