Heel Pain Treatment in New Jersey
Minor or major, recurring heel pain can have a big impact on your life, but the professionals at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons based out of Cedar Knolls, NJ, can help!
What is Heel Pain?
Heel pain refers to pain or discomfort that originates from the heel region of your foot. A wide variety of factors can cause heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, fractures, Achilles tendonitis, pinched nerves, and more.
In many instances, your heel pain may be able to be successfully treated using orthotic footwear or other types of shoe modifications, especially if you are on your feet for long periods. However, in some instances more invasive procedures such as surgery may be required.
Benefits of Heel Pain Treatment
Our doctors have specialized training in all of the latest, advanced surgical and procedural techniques for all types of heel pain. Our heel pain treatments can provide a great deal of relief, including:
- Reduction in pain, swelling, and/or irritation.
- The ability to wear shoes that do not aggravate your condition, and to go about your normal daily routine.
How is Treatment for Heel Pain Performed?
A podiatrist will closely examine your heel, ankle, lower leg and the rest of your foot. You will be asked questions about your recent activities and your medical history. The podiatrist may ask to examine your shoes as well.
He or she may order tests such as an x-ray, CT scan or an MRI to visualize the cause and extent of your heel pain. An x-ray can identify a fracture causing pain while an MRI or CT scan helps to visualize soft-tissue injuries or death of the bone.
Treatment for your heel pain depends on the cause of the problem. Your podiatrist may attempt to reduce the fracture and provide you with a surgical boot to immobilize your foot while the injury heals.
Torn ligaments may also be treated with the use of a walking cast. In some cases such as with unstable fractures or severe ligament tears, surgery is needed. If a heel spur is causing your pain, a podiatrist may use a local anesthetic or general anesthetic to numb you and file down the excess bone causing the pain.
Some of our advanced, innovative treatments include:
Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment
This is one of the newest treatments for plantar fasciitis or “heel spur” syndrome. A non-invasive, out-patient procedure that is an alternative to surgery, it sends high energy pulses of acoustic waves into the bone and soft tissue, which allows the body to regenerate blood vessels to heal the plantar fascia. This process does not require any form of incision or sedation.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Platelet rich plasma is a groundbreaking treatment currently very popular in professional athletics. It consists of a special mixture of blood cells used to treat tendon and ligament damage. The physicians of Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons also uses this technology for other pathologies, such as plantar fasciitis and complicated wounds. Our understanding and use of PRP demonstrates one of the ways we stay on top of the current treatment therapies in the world of medicine.
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
This minimally invasive procedure uses a camera to assist surgical correction of the plantar fascia.
Preparing for a Heel Pain Treatment
Mild to moderate heel pain resulting from conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis may simply require keeping your foot elevated and not overusing it. More severe conditions such as bone fractures may require a cast or the use of a brace. In a worst-case scenario, surgery may be the most effective method of reducing your heel pain.
Whatever the cause and course of action, your Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeon will be sure to let you know of any preparations required prior to your heel pain treatment.
Heel Pain Treatment Recovery
Your recovery depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your condition, and the treatment prescribed by your physician.
Driven by a Pursuit of Excellence
Driven by the pursuit of excellence, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson are the surgeons of choice for foot and ankle treatments in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Northern NJ.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
The doctors treat their patients “as if they were family” and you will receive your surgeon’s full attention before, during and after your procedure.
How Much Does Heel Pain Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!