The fact that you are visiting our heel pain center probably means you are having trouble with your feet. Do you feel the stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis under your heel when you first step out of bed in the morning? Does the Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle hurt after you go for your run? Do you have a bump at the back of your heel that causes discomfort when you wear certain shoes? No matter what the reason for your pain, you’ve come to the right place for answers.
We Begin with Conservative Treatments
At Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates, we know you would rather avoid surgery when possible. Invasive treatment can be complicated, risky, and involve extended recovery time. We want your life to be simpler than that. We use methods like icing, oral or injected medications, taping, and strapping to relieve your swelling and pain.
We can also recommend the type of shoe that will work best for you and teach you exercises and stretches that could bring relief. Physical therapy is very effective at making your bones and ligaments stronger and more flexible. This helps reduce injuries in the first place and promotes faster healing when they do occur.
Custom Orthotics to the Rescue
Many of our patients have eliminated their heel pain with orthotics. This term refers to custom-designed inserts for your shoes that are tailored for your individual feet. They can either provide special cushioning where you need it, or help to improve the mechanics of your gait by correcting imbalances in the structure or function of your feet. They are especially effective for plantar fasciitis and arch issues. By helping with the underlying cause of your pain, orthotics can eliminate it and prevent it from recurring.
EPAT: An Advanced Alternative to Surgery
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment uses a device that sends pressure waves to the painful area. The therapy stimulates metabolism in your damaged tissue, improving blood circulation and speeding up the healing process. It is a painless procedure, done right at our heel pain center, without anesthesia. There is no incision, eliminating the chances of infection, and you can put weight on your foot immediately. Most patients return to work in a day or two. We are happy to offer this cutting edge treatment as an alternative to surgery when other remedies have not lessened your pain.
When Surgery is Inevitable
We reserve surgery as a last resort when you have severe pain that doesn’t respond to other methods and continues to limit your activities. If surgery is your only option, you’ve still come to the right place. At Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates, we will lead you through every step of the process with care and expertise to get the best outcome possible. Call our offices throughout Volusia and Flagler Counties at (877) 816-8826.