Heel Pain Treatment
At Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center, our team of specialists is dedicated to offering a comprehensive set of treatments for heel pain, from traditional remedies to the latest and most advanced technologies and protocols. Each patient who walks through our doors receives our undivided attention, complete focus, and a treatment plan focused on helping them achieve their goals as quickly as possible.
Read on to learn more about some of the treatment options we offer.
Traditional Conservative Care
When heel pain first strikes, tried-and-true remedies are often the first line of defense. Conservative, traditional care remedies are often effective pain relievers, especially when they are used early in the process—before symptoms get out of hand.
Of course, the best treatment options will vary depending on the diagnosis. However, common remedies may include:
- RICE. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. In short, give your feet a break for a bit. Avoid activities that are painful, and use a combination of ice, compression wraps, and propping your feet up to keep the swelling down, soothe pain, and allow your tissues to heal.
- Physical therapy. Depending on the injury, stretches and exercise for your heels, arches, and/or calves can relieve discomfort.
- Braces or splints. Devices such as these can keep your calves elongated at night, reducing the pain you feel when you take your first steps of the morning.
- Custom Orthotics. If your pain is related to a structural flaw in your feet or abnormality in your walking gait, shoe inserts are often an effective remedy. These range from simple, mass-produced arch supports to full contact orthotics custom-made for each individual foot.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma. In this form of therapy, a sample of your own blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma growth-factor-rich platelets. The platelets are recombined with the plasma at an enhanced concentration, then re-injected into the site of injury to facilitate healing.
Advanced Alternatives to Surgery
At Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center, we pride ourselves on offering our patients the best of the advanced, state-of-the-art options for heel pain. These methods are extremely effective at relieving even the toughest, most chronic pain, helping you avoid the frustration of surgery.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stems cells are a critical component of your body’s natural repair system. While other types of cells can only make copies of themselves, stem cells can divide and differentiate into any type of cell that the body might need to close a wound or repair tissue damage. At our office, we use stem cells to draw out your body’s own stem cells and re-invigorate your natural healing and repair mechanisms. The medication is made from voluntarily-donated amniotic membranes, which would normally be discarded after a healthy birth. These cells contain a powerful mix of proteins, growth factors, cytokines, and other components with significant regenerative properties. The results we achieved for patients with stem cell treatments have shown it to be highly effective for treating heel pain and other soft tissue injuries. The stem cells are injected directly into the location where pain is occurring, where it recruits nearby stem cells and quickly works to reduce pain and inflammation and repair damaged tissues.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is an exciting new technology that has shown incredible results in treating chronic heel pain and other soft tissue injuries. The MLS laser is a further improvement on older technology, offering the therapeutic benefits of higher-powered lasers without the associated risks. The device emits a pair of synchronized laser beams tuned to highly specific wavelengths—808 nm and 905 nm. Without causing any pain or damaging any of your own tissues, these beams of light can stimulate your body’s own cells up to a depth of about 4 centimeters. This not only provides an analgesic effect to fight pain, but reduces swelling, accelerates natural healing and tissue repair, boosts circulation and metabolism, improves nerve function, and more. Other advantages of laser therapy? It’s completely safe and non-invasive, it doesn’t require any medications, has no negative side effects, and is highly effective in more than 85% of cases.
The vast majority of heel pain conditions can be treated effectively before surgery even becomes a consideration. However, once in a while, a more aggressive approach is needed. Our expert surgical team will carefully review your condition and go over your options with you carefully. We’ll also ensure you get all the instructions, information, and support you need to manage your recovery and rehabilitation program successfully.
Whatever your goals may be, our team can help you reach them. To take your first step toward pain-free heels, give us a call at (254) 776-6995.
At Waco Foot & Ankle, our team of highly trained, award-winning physicians is guided by a simple goal—helping you recover as quickly as possible from whatever is hurting your feet or ankles, so that you can go back to living the lifestyle you enjoy.
We provide a full range of services for almost all common (and not so common) injuries, illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the feet and ankles. And we listen and work closely with you to develop a custom treatment plan that works best for your condition, your goals, and your lifestyle.
Read on to learn more about the conditions we treat, and some of the advanced services we provide.
Millions of Americans suffer from heel pain on a regular basis, for a wide range of reasons—shoes, occupations, hobbies, structural problems with their feet, and more. But heel pain is not inevitable. And at our Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center, the doctors of Waco Foot & Ankle can diagnose and reverse your heel pain using a variety of both traditional and advanced methods, including stem cell therapy and MLS laser therapy.
Texans love to play—whether that means football, soccer, baseball, running, or any other sport! Unfortunately, that can often lead to painful, sometimes even debilitating injuries to the feet and ankles. Fortunately for you, the team at Waco Foot & Ankle offers advanced care options for traumatic injuries like sprains and broken bones, as well as overuse injuries like shin splints and stress fractures. The goal, of course? Getting you back in the game at 100%, as quickly and as safely as possible.
While almost all foot problems can occur in both sexes, some conditions are just much more likely to develop in women due to differences in foot structure, biochemistry, and even popular footwear styles. Our physicians are experts in dealing with common women’s foot problems—including bunions, hammertoes, and skin conditions—and can provide multiple treatment options to best suit your individual needs and lifestyle.
Did you know that about 25% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime—and that nearly 100,000 Americans per year require amputations to stop the progression of diabetic wounds with uncontrolled infections? At our office, we provide advanced wound care—including the use of amniotic stem cells—to heal diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and other types of lower extremity wounds as quickly as possible.
Other Conditions We Treat and Services We Provide
In addition to the specialty areas mentioned above, the Waco Foot & Ankle team provides the highest quality care for a wide variety of other conditions. Click any of the buttons below to learn more about our service areas.
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201 Colonnade Parkway, Suite #100
Woodway, TX 76712