Do you dread getting out of bed in the morning because of the horrible heel pain you will have when you start to walk? Is heel pain causing you to limp during the day or end of the work day? Are you not able to run, walk or exercise without your heel killing you? If you are suffering from heel pain, also known as planar fasciitis, then you have experienced some or all of these symptoms, which can be very disabling, making you feel old and absolutely miserable!
Most heel pain aka plantar fasciitis is caused by a strain to the plantar fascia, the tendinous type of band that helps hold up the arch and attaches to the heel. There is a weak point at its attachment to the heel that can easily become pulled or strained. This can come on quickly from an injury to the fascia such as in sports or slowly from an imbalanced or weak foot structure causing a chronic low grade pulling on the fascia.
Typical treatment for plantar fasciitis when it first starts is rest, ice and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Unfortunately, many will go on to develop a chronic condition, sometimes lasting months to years. Those suffering with chronic heel pain have tried many things and often have seen several doctors…all without relief. Failed treatments may have included physical therapy, exercises, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, night splints, money spent on multiple pairs of shoe insoles, heel cushions…all with little, temporary or no relief. You may also have prescription foot orthotics that aren’t comfortable, only fit in certain shoes or didn’t get rid of your heel pain. It can be very frustrating and downright depressing!
Fortunately, you can get rid of your chronic heel pain! At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN, we specialize in treatment of chronic heel pain/plantar fasciitis. We have been able to help many heel pain sufferers who have had various failed treatments and have tried just about everything, with little to no results.
Our highly successful treatment plan involves a thorough evaluation of your heel pain with x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound and a walking analysis. We’ll also evaluate all prior treatment you have had to determine the treatment that should work best for you.
The success of our treatment lies in looking for and treating the underlying cause of your heel pain. Like eyes, most feet are not perfectly balanced or 20/20. As a result, any weakness or imbalance in your foot structure needs to addressed with the proper prescription foot orthotics. These will also support the weakened and chronically strained plantar fascia.
Cortisone is often used to knock out the pain but is only temporary at best if your feet are not properly balanced and aligned with your ankles and legs and you continue to strain or irritate the fascia. Therefore, it is essential to have the correct fitting prescription foot orthotics for your feet. At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, we pride ourselves in fitting patients with the very best, state of the art prescription foot orthotics in the Twin Cities area. Orthotics are similar to eye glasses, i.e. when the prescription is just right, your heel pain will be gone or significantly better…and we guarantee them or your money back!
In rare cases, when the plantar fascia is too scarred, stretched or strained to respond to conservative treatment, a simple in-office surgical procedure is necessary. This procedure has a very high success rate in eliminating the resistant pain.
If you’ve been suffering “way too long” with heel pain then it’s time to schedule an appointment to be evaluated and treated at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN-the Twin Cities specialists in heel pain treatment. Click here or call (763) 231-2341 to schedule an appointment now. Same day and next day appointments often available.