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.
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.
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.