When someone comes to me with serious heel or foot pain involving plantar faciitis, that is an ‘acute’ situation. I believe in taking some measures, usually non-invasive to aim for pain relief.
At Hoosier Foot and Ankle, the patient may be treated on two stages. After consultation, I would determine these stages. One stage is labeled ‘acute’ – in my opinion, pain represents a critical point of the plantar faciitis condition. Before further treatment can be accomplished, the pain must be brought under control. Using taping and anti-inflammatory medication can bring relief. The cure hasn’t been accomplished; now the patient is ready for the next stage of treatment. I would set the patient up with a long-term treatment program that involves orthoses.
I wrote a more in-depth article about this process at PodiatryToday which was published online recently. Why Orthotics Are Not the Answer to Plantar Fasciitis.
If you or someone you know is suffering from heel pain, I encourage you to call us at 1-877-207-9557 to arrange for a consultation. Or you may use our online appointment request form available 24/7 for your convenience. I am here, along with the Hoosier Foot and Ankle Team, ready to help you with your foot pain concerns.