Heel Pain Treatment Specialist Questions and Answers
If you’ve been dealing with heel pain (often diagnosed as plantar fasciitis) for a while now, then you know how difficult it can be to endure foot pain. Here at Hicksville Podiatry, we make sure that you no longer suffer from heel pain, and discomfort. Call us for more information or request an appointment online. We serve you in Hicksville, NY and surrounding areas.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Patients who suspect they may have plantar fasciitis can be diagnosed by a podiatrist like ours here at Hicksville Podiatry. The first step is for the podiatrist to examine the patient’s medical history and provide a physical exam. In this exam, the doctor will check for areas of tenderness in the patient’s foot, and may suggest an X-ray or MRI to rule out other possible issues, like a stress fracture or bone spur. The location of the patient’s pain can be enough to determine its cause, so usually no tests are necessary.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
With most patients, most of the time, treatment for plantar fasciitis is conservative, with resting, icing, and stretching. Recovery can take several months, but for some patients, even longer. Pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc.) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can ease pain and inflammation, and prescription pain relievers may help even more. For the quickest recovery, various therapies can help a great deal. These include:
- Physical therapy – With a series of exercises, the patient can stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, as well as strengthen lower leg muscles. Athletic taping to support the bottom of the foot can help too. A physical therapist or even a podiatrist can provide these services.
- Night splints – Wearing a splint at night that stretches the calf and arch of the foot can help in many cases. The splint also holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position which can promote stretching.
- Orthotics – Another one of the services a podiatrist can easily provide. Off-the-shelf or custom-fitted arch supports (orthotics) can help distribute pressure to the feet more evenly.
Here at Hicksville Podiatry, we take the conservative approach to podiatry, so we’ll recommend any of the treatment options above before we recommend other treatments like surgery. For some patients, surgery or another treatment might be the most effective and best option. What follows are descriptions of these other treatments, including surgery:
- Injections – For temporary pain relief, injections of steroid medication can work well. PRP therapy can help to promote tissue healing.
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy – This procedure for chronic plantar fasciitis directs sound waves at the painful area to help stimulate healing.
- Ultrasonic tissue repair – Using ultrasound imaging, a tiny probe is guided into the damaged tissue, and then, using ultrasound energy, the probe tip vibrates to break up the damaged tissue and suction it out.
- Surgery – As this option is invasive, it’s a final resort for when pain is severe and other treatments haven’t worked. Few people actually need surgery for their plantar fasciitis. Surgery for plantar fasciitis uses local anesthesia and isn’t especially invasive.
Do you provide plantar fasciitis treatment in Hicksville, NY?
Yes, we do! At Hicksville Podiatry, our podiatrist is Dr. Davinder Bhela DPM, and he is more than capable of providing any treatment you require for your plantar fasciitis or other food-related condition. Our clinic is located over at 66 W Barclay Street Hicksville, NY 11801. Call us today to learn more about us or to book a consultation with the doctor. He’d be happy to provide his diagnosis and treatment services to help you with your pain and condition. We serve patients from Hicksville NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Westbury NY, Plainview NY, Farmingdale NY, Jericho NY, Syosset NY, Brookville NY, Muttontown NY, Upper Brookville NY, Greenvale NY, West Hempstead NY, Swedetown Village NY, North Wantagh NY, Garden City NY, East Hills NY, Franklin Square NY, Lakeville Estates NY, Queens Village NY, Alden Manor NY, North Merrick NY, East Meadow NY, and surrounding areas.
We hope to hear from you soon at Hicksville Podiatry!