Reducing inflammation in your heel is one part of our Comprehensive Treatment Plan To End Heel Pain.  Our goal is to treat your inflammation to relieve your pain and to allow you to begin exercises that will assist in your recovery.

In Office Steps To Reducing Your Inflammation and Heel Pain (Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis)

Many of our patients will get their feet taped by Dr. Berg. Most people experience an immediate decrease in pain when they step down on the floor. Instead of pulling on your plantar fascia, your foot will pull on the tape first. The tape typically lasts a few days. (See below for at-home taping)

Cortisone shot

A cortisone shot will act immediately to reduce your inflammation and heel pain, however, it does not heal the affected tissues.

MLS Laser

MLS laser uses dual wavelengths of infrared light to penetrate deep into the tissue and stimulate regeneration at the cellular level. One laser is pulsed and treats pain. The other laser is continuous and treats inflammation. It treats pain and inflammation at the cellular level.


Air heel

Like taping, an air heel alters the way your foot lands when you walk to decrease pain and inflammation.


At Home Steps To Reducing Your Inflammation and Heel Pain

Cold Therapy

  • Ice is very effective in reducing inflammation. 
  • The foot roller from Theraband can be put in the freezer to get the benefits of massage and icing. You can also put a water bottle in the freezer and use it the same way.


Massage soothes swollen tissue and helps release the tight fascia. You can accomplish this with the foot roller, at your appointment with a physical therapist, and by applying self-massage.

Topical creams

One of the most effective topical creams we recommend is Biofreeze.


In addition to taping your foot in the office, we also have easy-to-apply Quick Tape so you can tape your foot at home. Tape can also be purchased online.


Acupuncture can help to deactivate trigger points that contribute to myofascial pain and stimulate the release of endorphins.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.