Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.
Also known as heel spur syndrome, the condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. In persistent cases, Shockwave may be used to treat the heel pain.
HEEL SPUR SYNROME
Usually described as a persistent pain in one or both heels after rising from bed or even a brief rest. This pain gets somew hat better with walking but still can be annoying. Left untreated this condition can become a chronic one affecting other parts of the foot and body due to a compensating gait. Most doctors will treat this condition with medications by mouth or injection, fitting proper shoes with orthoses or various forms of physical therapy. But what does one do if all these treatments fail to give any or total relief to this painful condition? Now thanks to a new, innovative minimally traumatic technique -E.P.F. you don't have to resign yourself to a lifetime of heel pain!
ENDOSCOPIC PLANTAR FASCIOTOMY
This surgical procedure utilizes a small camera which when placed in the foot allows for pinpoint visualization of the involved area on an office video monitor. Tiny surgical instruments can then be inserted to accomplish our surgical goal with minimal tissue trauma. Using local nerve blocks, pneumatic hemostasis and two post-operative sutures the patient can walk out of the office and usually expect little to no post-operative pain. Little to no disability is expected. Simply by releasing a small portion of the plantar fascia band which is causing the pain and inflammation at its insertion to the plantar medical calcaneal tubercle we can eliminate the source of heel spur syndrome pain. There is no need to resect the heel spur since this DOES NOT cause the pain! Most patients leave the office in sneakers and return to normal shoes in three days!
Available in the office for:
- Ingrown Toenails
- Fungus Toenails
We specialize in office correction of:
- Pump Bumps
- Arthritic Joints
- Arch Pain
- Ganglion Cysts
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Orthoses Custom Made
- Sprained Ankles
- Children's Foot Problems
- House Calls Available
The FDA Shockwave studies using our treatment protocol show an overwhelming success rate. In the study, a group of 150 patients was asked to rate their pain level on a scale of 1-10. The AVERAGE pain level before treatment was 7.7. After receiving one Shockwave treatment, the patients were asked one year later to rate their pain level again on a scale of 1 -10. The average pain score post Shockwave was 0.6. This is a 92% reduction in pain and a much higher rate of success than any non-surgical or surgical procedure. What's more, Shockwave cannot cause further damage, as we all know surgery can. Shockwave is forcing your body to create new tissue cells in the damaged area so you need to expect a gradual healing to take place over many weeks. In fact much of the healing takes place between week 6 and week 12. Many patients feel pain relief immediately. The shock waves produce an "analgesic affect" which can cause a break in the pain cycle, often resulting in an immediate pain cessation. Every patient is individual. In some, the majority of the pain relief is immediate. In others it gradually gets better from day one through the first six weeks. In others still, it gradually gets better from day one up to 12 weeks. With shockwave, the pain and the causal condition will begin getting better immediately after the treatment. You do not need to plan recovery time off from work or your life!
Interested in Heel Pain treatment from Errol Gindi, D.P.M.?
Call us at (516) 825-5552 today!