Heel pain, particularly plantar fasciitis, is one of the most common everyday complaints we hear from our patients about their feet. A bad case of plantar fasciitis can sap your enthusiasm for daily activities and lead to some frustrating pain, especially when you take those first few steps each morning.
The good news is traditional, conservative measures are an effective way to deal with aggravating heel pain in probably 90% of cases. These methods have stood the test of time and will probably be more than enough to work wonders for your problem. However, sometimes a particularly stubborn case requires more advanced technologies or treatment options. More good news: we provide those, too.
One more modern technology that’s proven helpful in dealing with plantar fasciitis is shockwave therapy. These advanced tools deliver energy pulses, not unlike soundwaves, directly to the skin in the affected area. These pulses help invigorate your body’s natural recovery processes, stimulating formation of new blood vessels and nerve cells, which can greatly speed up the rate of healing. Shockwave therapy has proven effective in the treatment of many other conditions as well, including Achilles tendinitis.
Another advanced therapy we use is radiofrequency nerve ablation. In this minimally invasive surgical technique, heat is delivered with pinpoint accuracy through a cannula (in other words, a long, slender tube) into the affected area. This disrupts a targeted sensory nerve, effectively “shutting off” a painful response. Radiofrequency nerve ablation only requires a very brief appointment (10 minutes) and can provide dramatic pain relief while posing relatively few risks, especially compared to more traditional options such as steroid injections or tendon release.
Again, most cases of heel pain and plantar fasciitis resolve in time using very low-tech treatment modalities. But it’s good to know that, if you ever need a more advanced approach, Associates in Podiatry has the training, technology, and experience to provide it. If chronic heel pain has you down, please request an appointment using our online contact form, or calling us directly. You can reach our Princeton office at 609-924-8333, or dial 908-687-5757 for Roselle Park.