End Heel Pain

You've had it with your heel pain. You need to be on your feet. Work demands it, but frankly, you need help. Talk to Dr. Michael Guerra at heel painhis South Burlington, VT, office about your heel pain. At  Burlington Podiatry, he uses several approaches to treating plantar fasciitis, the most common source of heel discomfort. One amazing approach is innovative Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, or EPAT. Learn the details here.

The reasons for plantar fasciitis

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that plantar fasciitis affects millions of people in the United States, causing substantial pain, swelling, and loss of mobility. Typically due to overuse (from sports or just being on your feet too much), obesity, or overpronation (turning the foot toward the midline when you walk or run), this inflammatory condition causes pain from the heel bone to the base of the big toes. While aging factors into the issue, people of any age can suffer from plantar fasciitis.

Common treatments

After a visual inspection and hands-on podiatric examination, Dr. Guerra can determine the cause of your heel pain. He looks for tenderness on the bottom of the foot and a high arch. Also, he may watch you walk and will ask you what increases and relieves your symptoms. X-rays or an MRI could reveal a fracture or, more commonly, a heel spur, a little bony projection on the front of the calcaneus or heel bone.

Many people find great relief from heel pain from simply resting, elevating, and icing their feet. Shoes with good arch support help, too, as do:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts)

A new way to relieve heel pain

At his podiatry practice in South Burlington, Dr. Guerra offers an FDA-cleared treatment for heel pain (plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis). Innovative, non-invasive, and highly effective, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) delivers focused bursts of sound wave energy to painful areas including the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, or trigger points (muscular knots resulting from tension or overuse of muscles, ligaments, and tendons).

Requiring no anesthesia, this five- to ten-minute EPAT treatment happens right in the office. Dr. Guerra applies conductive jelly (similar to that used with ultrasound imaging). Then, via a handheld instrument, he delivers the acoustic wave pulses to the areas of concern. The patient feels no real pain, just a pulsating sensation. Afterwards, he or she feels an amazing relief of pain.

Dr. Guerra usually recommends three treatments spaced a few weeks apart. Most individuals experience total pain relief and increased function at the completion of their sessions at Burlington Podiatry.

How does EPAT work? Science shows that this inventive technology increases blood flow to the affected areas, speeds metabolic activity and promotes healing.

Have pain-free heels

You can when you seek treatment from Dr. Guerra at Burlington Podiatry. For more information and to arrange your one-on-one consultation in South Burlington, VT, contact the office staff at (802) 862-8666.