How Your Podiatrist Can Help With Your Heel Pain
Having trouble getting your heel pain under control? We can help!
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that people face; however, it’s important that you don’t just ignore it. While heel pain will often go away on its own with rest and home care, there are some instances in which heel pain can become severe or even chronic. Here at our South Burlington, VT, office, your podiatrist, Dr. Michael Guerra, provides patients with the immediate heel pain treatment they need to prevent long-term pain and other problems.
What is causing my heel pain?
Heel pain is usually the result of an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, which causes swelling and inflammation within the foot. These conditions are most common in runners and athletes, but plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can happen to anyone.
How can I treat my heel pain?
Most healthy individuals can manage their heel pain on their own by resting, icing, and avoiding high-impact activities that will only exacerbate their symptoms. You may also choose to take anti-inflammatory medications to help ease pain and swelling when they are at their worst.
When should I see a doctor about my heel pain?
There comes a time when you need to accept that self-care just isn’t enough to get your symptoms under control. It’s a good idea to turn to a podiatrist if you,
- Experience heel pain even when resting or sitting down
- Can’t put weight on the foot and have trouble walking
- Can’t bend your foot downward or stand up on your tiptoes
- Also have significant swelling near the heel
- Notice tingling or numbness in the heel
How can a podiatrist treat my heel pain?
At our Burlington office, the goal is to provide conservative treatment options that aggressively target symptoms and help facilitate faster healing. Some of these treatment options include,
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Custom orthotics
- Special stretching and strengthening exercises
- Corticosteroid injections
Along with offering traditional heel pain treatments, we also offer a cutting-edge treatment known as EPAT therapy. This FDA-approved shockwave therapy is a nonsurgical procedure that treats both acute and chronic forms of heel pain caused by heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions.
EPAT treatment directs sound waves to the heel to stimulate the body’s natural healing response and to improve blood flow in the area. Several sessions are usually required and treatment usually takes no more than 15 minutes. The major benefits of EPAT therapy are that there are no side effects, no downtime, and no anesthesia. Furthermore, some patients feel immediate relief after just one session.
Need relief? Give us a call
If you are living with persistent heel pain in South Burlington, VT, then it’s time that you turned to a podiatrist that can help you get your pain under control. Call South Burlington Podiatry today at (802) 862-8666 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Guerra.