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What Can I Do about my Heel Pain?
Chances are you have experienced heel pain at some point in your life. You don’t have to be an athlete to feel a stabbing pain in your heel. In fact, heel pain is most often experienced as a result of plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia which runs across your heel. You don’t have to deal with heel pain alone. Help is just a phone call away from your podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, NY.
Heel pain can be caused by other conditions too, including heel spurs, which are hard calcium deposits on your plantar fascia. Stone bruises can cause heel pain by stepping on a sharp stone and bruising your heel. Inflammation of the area where your Achilles tendon connects to your heel can also be a main reason for heel pain.
Your White Plains dentist wants you to know whatever the reason for your heel pain, it may go away on its own, with a few helpful tips, including:
- Icing your heel 3 times a day for 15 minutes
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications
- Stretching your arches and Achilles tendon
- Using heel inserts and getting more supportive shoes
If your heel pain gets worse or doesn’t respond to home therapy, it’s time to call Dr. Peters. Some of his professional treatments available for heel pain include:
- Custom made orthotic devices
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Plantar fasciotomy surgery--cutting and releasing a portion of plantar fascia tissue
- Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy--releasing a small part of the plantar fascia through two small incisions
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment--using pressure waves to treat your heel pain
Heel pain can be irritating and debilitating. It can keep you from enjoying your life; but it doesn’t have to keep you on the sidelines. It’s time to call an expert on heel pain. Your podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, NY, is ready to help you get back on your feet, so call today!
Opt for advanced heel pain treatment in White Plains to combat plantar fasciitis.
If you’re suffering from heel pain in White Plains and other conservative measures haven’t reduced your symptoms, then it’s time to consider if radiofrequency (RF) therapy is right for your condition.
What is RF therapy?
RF therapy is a revolutionary way to treat chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and nerve entrapment. During this treatment, radiofrequencies are sent into the foot through electrodes to affect certain nerve signals and reduce pain.
What should I expect during (RF) therapy?
This procedure is performed in our office under local anesthesia. After administering the anesthesia, we will place electrodes on the parts of your feet that are causing you pain (this is usually about four or five different regions of the foot). These electrodes are the same size of normal needles and are attached to a radiofrequency wire that produces an electrical current. Then we deliver a radiofrequency to each part of the foot to stop the nerve signals that cause pain.
Does RF therapy hurt?
Since the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, most patients will not experience any discomfort. Furthermore, pain medication may not be necessary after the procedure, but some patients may need it.
What should I expect after RF therapy?
Most patients will be able to return to work the next day and will be able to resume daily activities in about three days. Any pain or discomfort experienced as a result of this treatment will go away within two weeks.
How long with pain relief from RF therapy last?
Clinical studies have found that 90 percent of patients treated with RF therapy for heel pain experienced a permanent reduction in pain.
If you want to find out if radiofrequency therapy could help your heel pain symptoms, then call our office today to schedule your next appointment. Let’s get you on the road to recovery!