What Can We Do About Plantar Fasciitis?
At Waco Foot & Ankle, we understand the impact that heel pain can have on your daily life and we are here to help. Our experienced team of podiatrists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis. We offer a range of effective treatment options tailored to your specific needs. Here are some of the treatments we may recommend:
Our skilled physical therapists can design a customized exercise program to help stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments in your feet and calves. Physical therapy can improve flexibility, reduce pain, and promote healing.
Braces or Splints
We may prescribe a night splint or brace to keep your foot in a stretched position while you sleep. This helps maintain proper alignment and reduces morning pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis.
Custom orthotics are specially crafted to provide support and cushioning to your feet, relieving pressure on the plantar fascia. These inserts can be worn in your shoes to provide long-term relief and prevent future episodes of heel pain.
Stem Cell Therapy
In some cases, we may recommend regenerative treatments such as amniotic injection therapy. This innovative approach utilizes the body’s natural healing abilities by injecting stem cells into the affected area to promote tissue regeneration and reduce inflammation.
MLS Laser Therapy
MLS laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level laser energy to stimulate cellular activity, reduce pain, and accelerate the healing process. This advanced therapy can effectively relieve heel pain and improve overall foot function.
While surgery is typically a last resort, it may be necessary for severe cases of plantar fasciitis that do not respond to conservative treatments. Our skilled surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures to release the tension in the plantar fascia and alleviate pain.
Our goal is to provide you with the most appropriate and effective treatment options for your heel pain. We will thoroughly evaluate your condition, consider your medical history, and discuss the benefits and risks of each treatment option with you. We are committed to helping you find relief from your heel pain and restoring your mobility and quality of life.
When Should You See Us About Your Heel Pain?
While self-care measures can often provide relief for mild cases of plantar fasciitis, there are certain instances when it is crucial to seek professional help. If you experience any of the following, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with our office:
- Severe pain: If your heel pain is severe and persistent, it may indicate a more advanced or complicated condition that requires expert evaluation and treatment.
- Limited mobility: Difficulty walking or engaging in regular activities due to heel pain indicates that you should seek professional assistance.
- Recurring symptoms: If you have previously experienced heel pain and it has returned, even after attempting self-care measures, it is important to have it assessed to prevent further progression or complications.
- Impact on daily life: If your heel pain is interfering with your ability to perform daily tasks, exercise, or participate in activities you enjoy, it is time to consult with our specialists.
Our experienced podiatrists have extensive knowledge and expertise in diagnosing and treating heel pain, including plantar fasciitis. By conducting a thorough examination and considering your medical history, we can provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.