What are Your Best Options for Heel Pain Relief?

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates

Heel pain is an extremely common problem for people of all ages and life circumstances. There are certain causes that might be more likely for certain demographics—plantar fasciitis is most common for adults, Sever’s disease for youth, Achilles tendinitis for “weekend warriors,” etc. But no matter the cause, there’s a simple truth: you want relief from the heel pain.Woman holding her heel because of heel pain

Well, of course you do! Heel pain is a problem that keeps you away from favorite activities, while making the ones you can’t avoid a miserable experience.

We’ve helped countless patients overcome this problem, so we fully understand what it’s like.

The good news is that heel pain is treatable. Even better, you can take measures to prevent it from happening in many instances. That said, you are currently looking for information on how to treat pain in your heel, so you might want to file some preventative measures away for the future.

Now, when it comes to options for heel pain relief, the very best ones come from fairly recent developments in medical science and technology. There are certainly other treatments to stop heel pain, but you can often achieve quicker results with methods like:

  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) – One of the most effective advanced treatments for soft tissue injuries—heel pain is often (but not always) caused by injury to either the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia—ESWT uses powerful acoustic waves to stimulate natural healing processes. Further, these sound waves (shockwaves) can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation.
  • MLS Laser Therapy – Whereas ESWT uses sound, laser therapy uses light energy to initiate and enhance healing on a cellular level. In this case, amplified light beams (lasers) are specifically calibrated to travel through external tissues and reach the site of injury. Once there, the energy is absorbed and contributes to cellular repair and regeneration.
  • Tenex – This form of treatment is performed with a device featuring a very thin, needle-like apparatus. We insert it through a tiny incision at the injury site. When the needle is in place, it vibrates at an ultrasound (very fast) frequency. In doing so, it safely breaks down the damaged tissue, which is removed, so that new, healthy tissue can take its place.
  • Amniovo – Doctors have been using amniotic membrane grafts for some time now, but this is a new iteration of amniotic treatment. Instead of a graft or wrap placed on the surface, Amniovo is an injectable product derived from amniotic tissues containing regenerative growth factors. The end result is faster healing times. This product has been studied and approved to be used in this manner, so you can take assurance in the fact it’s very safe and highly effective.

We are proud to offer all of these advanced treatment options at Massapequa Podiatry Associates.

For more information on these and other treatments we provide for heel pain, contact our Long Island foot doctor office by calling (516) 541-9000. If you’d prefer, take a moment right now and fill out our online form to connect with us.

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