Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.
We are now performing extracorporeal shockwave with the Dornier Epos Ultra in the office. This is a high energy machine that requires only one treatment. This procedure can be preformed under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes. You can find more information about this treatment and this equipment at United Shockwave (this is the associated link.) www.unitedshockwave.com. This treatment is considered an alternative to the traditional surgery for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. This treatment is not for everyone. Conservative care should always be attempted prior to this or other more invasive surgical treatments.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Also called "heel spur syndrome," the condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy.