Getting rid of your heel pain is a two fold process. There is the inflammatory response as wel as the biomechanical (or how your foot functions) side of treatment. The latter is the reason that I have been able to run 4 marathons and the Dopey challenge WITHOUT a recurrence of my dreaded plantar fasciitis!!
Inflammation is what is causing your pain. To decrease this we use icing, biofreeze, oral medications and even sometimes steroid injections. When the inflammatory response decreases the pain also decreases, however we haven't solved the problem yet. The pain will come back if we don't address the way your foot functions. This causes overuse of your plantar fascia and will eventually lead you back into those painful mornings.
How your foot functions, which we refer to as biomechanics, is also helpful in decreasing the pain but more importantly this is how we keep you PAIN FREE!! Initially we use stretching, splints, strapping and braces to decrease your pain. The long term relief comes from controlling the abnormal motions of your foot on a daily basis. It is this abnormal motion that puts undue stress on your tissus and causes the heel pain.
When we create a custom orthotic for your shoes, it's much more than just a simple arch support. The key is addressing the relationship between the front and the back of the foot, which puts a twisting motion on your plantar fascia and is usually the cause of midfoot pain, tenditinits and heel/arch pain.
Our goal at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic is not only to get you better but to keep you pain free. If you are having recurrent foot pain or just don't want your foot pain to come back, make an appointment with one of our compassionate doctors today.