Heel and foot pain related to an issue with the arch of your foot called plantar fascitis can come on gradually. The first few times it bothers you, the pain jab is in and out; you almost think it was imagined.
Then, it becomes a frequent visitor and you might have thought you have to live with it. OTC pain relievers help for the moment, so you take them and worry about their side effects.
What is the pain?
That pain could be plantar fascitis which can be relieved. The condition can come on because of an incident, poor or worn-out shoes, a sports injury, standing or walking a lot on very hard surface. Long term physical conditions such as obesity or tight Achilles tendons or tight calf muscles can contribute to that miserable pain in the foot that almost brings you to your knees at the mornings’ first steps.
Surgical treatment is the very last resort. I prefer the conservative path for this issue to give the foot a chance to recover. The OTC pain relievers you were using are one option while shoe inserts and stretching exercises are others.
Extracorporeal pulse activation therapy, or EPAT, has emerged as a possible treatment option for patients with chronic plantar fascitis. The low-energy shockwaves are not painful and the treatment can be given in the office. A series of treatments can help deliver gentle recovery — EPAT® is thought to work because it causes a small ‘microtrauma’ to the tissue in the arch of the foot. The body begins a natural healing response to that microtrauma and takes out the initial irritation too. When the body’s repair process is accomplished, the pain has no place to visit.
If heel and foot pain are taking up too much of your day and energy, give Hoosier Foot and Ankle a call for a consultation. If plantar fascitis is the culprit, we will work out a plan of treatment, of which EPAT® therapy may be a part.
Call 317-660-2115 today and let’s get you back on track. We have five clinics for your convenience in the Indanapolis, Indiana area.