Heel Pain 101

What Can Be Done To Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament in the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. Heel pain is among the most common of foot problems and plantar fasciitis is a common cause. 

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Have You Tried A Brace to Help With Your Heel Pain?

Foot and ankle braces are very helpful for some people in relieving foot and ankle pain. If you are having heel pain, you may want to look into this treatment option. 

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What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a procedure that can be used to diagnose and/or treat foot or ankle problems, including some forms of heel pain. 

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What is Heel Spur Syndrome?

Heel spur syndrome is basically just another name for plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia.  

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a procedure that can be performed for chronic plantar fasciitis. It is usually only used as a treatment option after more conservative treatment options have failed to relieve your heel pain.  

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Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is an inflammation of the connective tissue called the plantar fascia that runs from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, and inserts into the heel bone. 

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Should I Use Over-the-Counter Inserts for Heel Pain?

This is a great question and it is one podiatrists hear all the time. Patients want to know if they should buy those shoe inserts they see advertised on television and hanging on the racks at their local drugstore. They also want to know if those inserts will actually work. 

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Possible Alternatives to Plantar Fascia Release Surgery

Plantar fascia release surgery involves cutting the plantar fascia at its attachment to the heel bone. If a heel spur is in the same area, it may be removed at the same time. The goal of the surgery is reduce or eliminate pain on the bottom of the heel. 

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About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament in the bottom of the foot. More specifically, the connective tissue, called the plantar fascia, which stretches from the toes across the arch of the foot and inserts into the heel bone, becomes inflamed or tight, causing intense pain.  

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Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. You may also have heard it called heel spur syndrome.  

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