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.
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. Here is a demonstration of how to do this at home.
In Office Steps To Reducing Your Inflammation and Heel Pain
1. MLS Laser Therapy
MLS Laser Therapy is an advanced laser technology that works to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation in the body in a safe, painless, and non-invasive way. Pain is often reduced with the first treatment. A course of MLS laser therapy will heal the affected tissues.
2. Cortisone shot - a cortisone shot will act immediately to reduce your inflammation and heel pain, however, it does not heal the affected tissues.
3. 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.