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By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
February 28, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Periodic walking, standing at your job, running for exercise—all of these activities can aggravate the common podiatric problem of heel pain. 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
  • Rest
  • 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.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
October 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, or standing for extended periods are all made more challenging when you suffer from heel pain. Additionally, heel pain can restrict the ability to work out or participate in your favorite recreational activities. Heel pain can result from a number of different causes, including injuries or repeated pressure and stress on the heel. There are also different types of heel pain and several treatments for healing each type. Dr. Mathew John is your podiatrist for the treatment of heel pain in Marietta, GA.

Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can result from a variety of factors. Injuries sustained during sports or other activities can cause heel pain. Even when an injury does not occur, participating in high impact activities that put repeated stress on the heels can cause pain. Examples of such activities include kickboxing or other sports and activities that involve extensive jumping. The repeated pounding of the heels against the ground puts a lot of stress and strain on the heels and can aggravate them, leading to pain and discomfort.

Types of Heel Pain
There are several different types of heel pain. Two of the most common are achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis is also called tendonitis and is associated with pain behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis involves pain on the bottom of the heel. Heel spurs can also develop with plantar fasciitis. Heels spurs result when calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heels, making it extremely uncomfortable to walk and put pressure on the heels.

Heel Pain Treatments
There are several possible methods for treating heel pain. Some treatments alleviate any pain or discomfort, while others heel the injury or condition causing the heel pain. Heel pain is best treated by a podiatrist who can recommend an appropriate treatment method based on the type of heel pain you have. Available treatments for heel pain in Marietta include:

  • Resting the heel
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Wearing orthotic foot supports
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Corticosteroids
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Extracorporeal Sound(Shockwave) Wave Treatment (ESWT)
  • MLS Laser therapy
  • Regenerative medicine injections
  • Surgery

No matter what is causing your heel pain, a podiatrist can develop an effective treatment plan for you. For the treatment of heel pain in Marietta, schedule an appointment with Dr. John by calling the podiatry office at (770) 977-3668.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
May 02, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain affects millions of American adults every year. Heel pain is often caused by standing for long periods, playing sports, being heel painoverweight, 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.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
June 05, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Are you convinced that your lingering heel pain will finally go away if you just give it a few more weeks? Although heel pain can often get heel painbetter on its own, ignoring pain that lasts more than a week or two may lead to chronic pain or other issues. Dr. Matthew John, your Marietta, GA, podiatrist at Ankle and Foot Centers, discusses several common causes of heel pain and explains how you can benefit from a visit to the foot doctor.


It takes a lot to fracture your heel. Usually, fractures happen if you've been in a car accident or have jumped from a distance of several feet or higher. Heel fractures often cause immediate symptoms, including pain, swelling and foot deformity. You may need to wear a cast or boot on your foot if you fracture your heel and use crutches while the heel heals. In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair the fracture.

Stress fractures are less dramatic than other types of fractures but can be just as painful. They're a common type of overuse injury, which occurs when you overwork your muscles. The problem typically occurs if you decide to train harder or longer than usual. When the muscles are overworked, they transfer their burden to your heel, causing a thin crack in the bone. Stress fractures are often treated with rest, walking boots and crutches.

Plantar fasciitis

An inflamed plantar fascia is the cause of one common type of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a tough band of fibrous tissue that reaches from your toes to your heels. Overuse injuries can cause plantar fasciitis, or it can develop if you're overweight, wear shoes that don't adequately support your foot or work at a job in Marietta that requires you to stand for hours. Treatment of plantar fasciitis involves foot exercises, night splints, shoe inserts and surgery, in severe cases.

Achilles tendinitis

Many of the same things that cause plantar fasciitis can also cause Achilles tendinitis, a painful heel condition that affects the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel. Treatment for Achilles tendinitis involves walking casts, physical therapy, shock wave therapy, cortisone injections and ultrasound treatments. If you continue your regular activities, despite the pain, you may tear the tendon.

Suffering from heel pain? Call Dr. John, your Marietta, GA, podiatrists at Ankle and Foot Centers at (770) 977-3668 to schedule an appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
June 06, 2016
Category: Podiatry

Heel pain can be caused by a number of foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis (also known as heel spurs), Achilles tendonitis and heel painbursitis. When left untreated, it can become difficult if not impossible to walk normally. Explore the benefits of Sonic Shockwave Treatment, a non-invasive procedure offered at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA to relieve heel pain.

What Is Sonic Shockwave Treatment?
During a sonic shockwave treatment, also called Extracorporeal Sound Wave Treatment (ESWT), a device emits waves of intense energy to a specific area of the body. It’s used in podiatric medicine to relieve pain in the foot that’s caused by bone and soft tissue disorders. The device used is a handheld wand that your podiatrist positions at various points around the foot to help ease pain.

How this Treatment Helps with Heel Pain
The waves of energy that come from the shockwave device help to heal and repair painful tissue in the heel. It also helps increase the flow of blood to the area so that it can get the nourishment it needs to heal properly. The procedure can be administered by your Marietta podiatrist in one appointment with sedation using high energy waves or over the course of several appointments with low energy waves.

Post-Treatment Tips
Your podiatrist will consult you about aftercare treatment, but there are a few things to keep in mind after sonic shockwave treatment for heel pain:

  • If you work a strenuous job that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time, take as much time off of work after the therapy as possible so that you have time to heal.
  • Wear the walking boot prescribed by your doctor for the recommended time period (usually three weeks).
  • Discuss custom orthotic devices with your podiatrist that you can wear in your everyday shoes so that you won’t have problems with heel pain in the future.

Talk to Your Podiatrist
If you have heel pain that doesn’t seem to go away or is getting worse, contact Ankle and Foot Centers, PC in Marietta, GA to discuss Sonic Shockwave Treatment. Call the office at (770) 977-3668 today for an appointment.