Periodic walking, standing at your job, running for exercise—all of these activities can aggravate the common podiatric problem of heel pain. Most often related to the plantar fascia (the connective tissue stretching across the arch from toes to heel) this stubborn problem interferes with your daily routine. At Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, Dr. Mathew John diagnoses the causes of heel pain and offers sensible solutions to get you mobile and feeling like yourself again.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Commonly called heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of connective tissue between the big toes and heel. Often caused by a gait problem called overpronation (a turning of the foot toward the midline), plantar fasciitis can be treated conservatively. Small spurs on the heel bone (calcaneus) can develop with this condition and add to the pain and excessive tenderness.
Treating heel pain in Marietta
Dr. Matthew John treats many cases of plantar fasciitis at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta. Many of his heel pain patients have weight issues, have flat feet (fallen arches), or wear poorly-fitting/nonsupportive shoes. During an appointment, your podiatrist will review your symptoms and medical history. He also will examine your foot, study how you walk, and take X-rays as needed. This information helps your doctor build a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Your care plan may include:
- Pain control through analgesics (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) or cortisone injections
- Quality footwear with good arch support (no flip-flops or high heels)
- Shoe orthotics, customized to correct gait problems
- Ice to reduce swelling
- Elevation above the level of the heart
- Shoe padding, casting, or splinting
- Stretching therapies for the calf muscles
- Avoiding activities which may aggravate the condition
- Losing weight
Or more advanced options such as MLS Laser Therapy or ESWT (Shockwave Therapy). Surgery is not the first, and generally not even the best option, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Podiatrists even prefer to leave heel spurs in place unless pain is severe.
Get help now
Please don't wait—persistent heel pain is no joke. Dr. John and his team at Ankle and Foot Centers' Marietta office encourage you to come in for an evaluation. Call today for an appointment: (770) 977-3668.