Heel Pain Treatments
There are numerous causes of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and heel spurs. Some of these common heel issues can limit your mobility and keep you from participating in activities you enjoy.
Our team of dedicated specialists at Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center will accurately diagnose the cause of your heel pain and create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your symptoms and gives you access to our impressive range of comprehensive treatments, which include traditional remedies as well as the latest and most advanced technologies and protocols.
When you place your trust in our experts, you can rest assured that you will receive our undivided attention during your journey toward healing. The treatments listed below speak to our commitment to ensuring the most successful outcome.
Traditional Conservative Care
Our specialists believe in taking a conservative approach whenever possible. Tried-and-true remedies are often the first line of defense for heel pain issues. Traditional conservative care allows us to treat your heel pain using non-invasive methods that can provide significant pain relief.
Many of these treatments are especially effective when initiated during the onset of symptoms. Traditional treatments we may recommend for you could include any of the following:
RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Giving your feet time to rest allows the damaged tissue to begin to heal. Ice reduces inflammation, and you can apply ice to your heels several times a day. Compression involves wrapping the area with compression wraps, and this gentle pressure can reduce swelling. Elevation requires you to prop up your feet so they are above heart level, also reducing inflammation and swelling.
Physical therapy will give you the opportunity to work closely with licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who can help you stretch and strengthen your heels, arches, and/or calves.
They will tailor their treatments based on your specific injury and ensure that you perform the exercises correctly. Your physical therapy team will use various techniques to relieve your pain, improve your flexibility and range of motion, and educate you on managing and preventing heel pain.
Braces or Splints
If you have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, we may prescribe a brace or splint. These orthopedic devices are typically worn at night or during extended periods of rest.
A night splint, for example, stretches the plantar fascia ligament while you sleep. By holding the foot and ankle in a specific position, the brace or splint relieves tension, improves flexibility within the foot, and promotes healing. For individuals with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, devices like these can minimize the discomfort associated with taking your first steps in the morning when heel pain can be most severe.
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that offer additional support, cushioning, and alignment to the feet. If your heel pain is related to a structural flaw in your feet or an abnormality in your gait, custom orthotics can make walking, running, standing, and standing for prolonged periods more comfortable for you.
Mass-produced shoe inserts can be purchased over the counter, but do not fit your feet exactly and do not do well in treating heel pain. Custom-made orthotics are made just for you and can be prescribed by one of our specialists. These provide the best treatment as they fit your feet exactly and provide you with the exact support you need.
Advanced Alternatives to Surgery
Many of today’s most innovative, state-of-the-art options to treat heel pain have proven to be extremely successful. The following treatments are often recommended for patients who have tried one or more conservative methods with little to no success and continue to struggle with chronic—and even debilitating—heel pain.
The goal of these advanced treatments is to give you effective solutions that can help you avoid undergoing surgery as well as allow you to regain your mobility and return to the lifestyle you enjoyed before being affected by heel pain.
Amniotic Allograft Injection Therapy
Stem cells are a critical component of your body’s natural repair system. Unlike other types of cells that can only make copies of themselves, stem cells divide and differentiate into any type of cell that the body might need to close a wound or repair damaged tissue.
We use amniotic flowables to draw out your own stem cells in order to re-invigorate your body’s natural healing and repair mechanisms. This medication is created from amniotic membranes—which would normally be discarded after a healthy birth—that have been donated voluntarily.
We inject the stem cells directly into your heel area. The cells “recruit” nearby stem cells and trigger a healing response that reduces pain and inflammation. This treatment works well because these cells contain a powerful mix of proteins, growth factors, cytokines, and other components with significant regenerative properties. Amniotic Allograft injection therapy has allowed our specialists to achieve promising results for patients struggling with heel pain and other soft tissue injuries.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy involves the use of synchronized laser beams tuned to highly specific wavelengths—808 nm and 905 nm, to be exact. The powerful light emitted from these lasers penetrates the underlying tissue, stimulating your body’s own cells up to a depth of approximately 4 centimeters.
MLS Laser Therapy generates an analgesic effect to fight pain, reduces swelling, accelerates natural healing and tissue repair, boosts circulation and metabolism, improves nerve function, and more. This innovative new technology has been approved by the FDA and is revered for its ability to offer long-lasting results. It has proven effective in more than 85% of cases.
MLS Laser Therapy is completely non-invasive and painless. Treatments are brief and you may go about your day without experiencing any side effects or the need for medications. MLS Laser Therapy has become one of the most sought-after and reliable treatment methods for heel pain.
Based on our experience and expertise, we feel confident in stating that a majority of heel pain issues can be treated using traditional conservative care or advanced alternatives. Many heel pain treatments noted above can even be combined.
Should our specialists determine that your heel pain condition requires surgical care, our expert surgical team will be prepared to take that aggressive approach. If that is the case, please know that our surgeons will address all your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and do everything they can to make you feel fully prepared for not only the surgery but also your recovery and rehabilitation.
Dealing With Heel Pain? Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment Today
Do not ignore your heel pain or learn to live with it. We are here to help, and we encourage you to reach out to our friendly and responsive team so we can schedule an appointment for you and offer treatments that match your needs and goals.
You can reach us by calling 254-776-6995, or by filling out our online contact form.
Whether the source of your heel pain is common, rare, or obscure, the Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center can help. To schedule your consultation at our office in Waco, TX, give us a call at (254) 776-6995.