Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the plantar fascia. This thick band of connective tissue travels across the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel. It supports the foot's natural arch. It stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight.
Causes of Heel Pain
Inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis) can be caused by
- Heel spur
- Other local and systemic diseases.
Heel pain can frequently be treated by such conservative methods as
- Orthotic foot supports
- Cortisone injections
- Oral anti-inflammatory medications
- Weight loss, if indicated.
A new conservative treatment called EPAT (shock wave therapy) may also alleviate the pain without surgery.
When conservative treatment fails, surgical intervention may be necessary.
This procedure relieves the pain of chronic plantar fasciitis. This condition is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that stretches across the sole of the foot. This procedure may be performed with local or regional anesthesia and with sedation.
Surgery can be performed right in the office.
In most cases, the surgical treatment can be performed minimal invasive in the modern facilities of Laser Foot Surgery Centers.