Mind & Body
New Treatment Option for Healing Heel Pain
9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Healing Heel Pain

Heel pain is one of the primary complaints heard by physicians who specialize in caring for the feet, with plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss) being one of the most common causes, affecting approximately two million patients each year.

"Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the band of tissue – the plantar fascia – that connects your heel bone to your toes, and a very common cause of heel pain,” says Kalieb Pourciau, DPM, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics. "These patients typically report stabbing pain in the heel, which can be more severe in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time.”

Faulty foot structure is typically the culprit for plantar fasciitis, but people who have jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces can also develop the condition. "In addition, consistently wearing inadequate footwear – those with little or no arch support, for example – can create problems with the fascia, along with sudden weight gain or overactivity,” says Dr. Pourciau.

In the past, treatment options for plantar fasciitis ranged from simple stretching techniques and shoe orthotics to surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. Now, Dr. Pourciau says a newer non-invasive treatment, extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, can help minimize the pain without surgery. "The technique has been used for years to treat numerous chronic inflammatory conditions. Now we are using it to treat plantar fasciitis and it is providing relief for many of our patients with this condition. We are very excited to make this technology available in Southwest Louisiana.”

EPAT uses high intensity sound waves to break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to areas where there is poor circulation, which stimulates healing. Each treatment session lasts about five minutes and Dr. Pourciau says patients will generally require between a minimum of three to five treatments. "Most patients report immediate pain relief after their initial treatment, but it may take several weeks for some people to experience the benefit.” 

For more information on how to relieve heel pain, including the EPAT procedure, call the Center for Orthopaedics at 337-721-7236 or visit www.centerforortho.com. 

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