Will A Night Splint Help Relieve My Heel Pain? - Podiatrist in Chicago, IL - Neal Frankel, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist Neal Frankel, DPM, FACFAS of A Foot & Ankle Center discusses the symptoms, causes and treatments for Heel Pain
Heel pain caused by overuse is called plantar fasciitis. This injury causes inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to the base of the toes. Your body reacts by forming a new bone, often called a heel spur. This painful condition commonly affects women, runners and other athletes, people who are overweight and those whose jobs require a considerable amount of walking or standing. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are often treated with rest, physical therapy, heel cups or cushions, medication and splints. Patients who don't improve within a couple of months may require surgery, but Dr. Neal Frankel of A Foot & Ankle Centre offers another alternative.
What is Ultrasonic Pulse Therapy?
As part of an advanced nonsurgical technique called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), Dr. Frankel applies low-energy shockwaves to the affected tissue with a special device right here in our office. The energy triggers the body to use its own repair mechanisms.
This safe technique can relieve pain in a relatively short amount of time and help you avoid the difficulty and complications associated with surgery. Recovery time is brief and does not require you to be off your feet for a significant amount of time after the procedure.
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