Reduce Heel Pain Inflammation
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)
1. Many of our patients will get their foot taped by Dr. Berg. Most people experience immediate a 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)
2. Cortisone shot - a cortisone shot will act immediately to reduce your inflammation and heel pain, however, it does not heal the affected tissues and may have side effects.
3. MLS laser - this cold 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.
4. PRP (Plasma-Rich Platelets) - is a form of regenerative medicine. Platelets contain an abundance of growth factors which can decrease pain and inflammation. A patient's own platelets are concentrated and injected into the plantar fascia.
5. 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
1. 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.
2. Massage - soothes swollen tissue and helps release the tight fascia. You can accompiish this with the foot roller, at your appointment with a physical therapy and by applying self-massage.
3. Topical creams - one of the most effective topical creams we recommend is Biofreeze.
4. Self-taping - 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.
5. Acupuncture - acupuncture can help to deactivate trigger points that contribute to the myofascial pain and stimulate the release of endorphins.