Heel pain affects millions of American adults every year. Heel pain is often caused by standing for long periods, playing sports, being overweight, and wearing poorly fitting shoes. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about treatment options for heel pain.
1. Orthotic Devices
Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are used to treat heel pain. These shoe inserts provide arch support and cushioning for added shock absorption, comfort, and protection. Studies have shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain.
2. Night Splints
A night splint is one of the most effective ways to treat heel pain. The night splint keeps your foot in a neutral position with the toes pointed up. This position gently stretches the plantar fascia ligament and Achilles tendon. Night splints are designed to provide relief from foot pain.
3. Stretching Exercises
Foot doctors prescribe stretching exercises for various foot and ankle conditions. Stretching exercises are one of your best bets for easing heel pain. Research has shown that stretching exercises ease foot pain, reduce inflammation, and improve function.
4. Steroid Injections
Steroid injections can offer fast-acting relief of heel pain. Steroid injections are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat heel pain. They can also provide relief of inflammation that is much more rapid and powerful than traditional medications given by mouth. You can get steroid injections at your doctor's office.
5. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
For persistent heel pain, ESWT treatment may be needed. This treatment targets the heel with sound waves to increase the body's natural healing function and reduce inflammation.
Leave your heel pain behind. Call Ankle and Foot Centers at 770-977-3668 today to schedule a consultation in Marietta, GA. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a normal, happy and healthy life.