Conservative Treatments for Heel Pain

by | Dec 9, 2020 | Heel and Arch Pain

Heel pain might seem like a “minor” medical issue, but it can be a major impediment in your life. (If you’ve been there, you know.) Aching heels take a lot of the fun out of life. And if they keep you from staying active, they could contribute to a long-term reduction in fitness, mobility, and physical health. So, treatment isn’t something you should shrug off! Fortunately, most cases of heel pain can be dealt with effectively long before surgery ever enters the picture. As long as you’re disciplined, conservative treatments are almost always sufficient to remedy the problem. Common “first line of defense” treatments for various heel pain conditions include:
  • RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
  • Switching to roomier, more supportive shoes
  • Prefabricated arch supports
  • Physical therapy exercises to stretch out a tight plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, or calf muscle
  • Splints you wear at night to maintain a slight stretch while you sleep
  • Steroid Injections
In a good chunk of cases, these simple strategies are successful all on their own. For those with tougher pain that doesn’t completely respond to the most basic care, more advanced conservative therapies—the “second line of defense”—may be needed. Only a very tiny minority of heel pain cases can withstand these treatments.
  • Custom orthotics. Unlike standard arch supports, these are individually crafted based on a thorough evaluation of your pathology and precise measurements of the structure of your feet. That makes them better equipped to deal with tougher pain, especially pain related to biomechanical and structural misalignments.
  • Shockwave therapy. This device uses acoustic pressure waves to stimulate healing and repair processes in inflamed and damaged tissues. The shockwaves create “micro-tears” in the soft tissue, causing blood, nutrients, and oxygen to rush in.
  • MLS laser therapy. This particular laser therapy uses a pair of synchronized lasers to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate tissue repair. Light energy breaks up scar tissue and stimulates cellular metabolism to fight acute and chronic pain.
The bottom line here? If you have heel pain, no one in Wichita is better trained and better equipped to help you relieve it than the team at Kansas Foot Center. To book your appointment, give us a call at (866) 222-5177.