NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Imagine getting out of bed every morning and feeling a temporary
The condition manifests over time and is often attributed to normal wear-and-tear, but heel pain of this type can have serious repercussions if not treated promptly and properly by a foot and ankle surgeon.
Foot and ankle surgeons are gathering this week at the 76th Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in Nashville, TN to examine the latest treatments for heel pain, or plantar fasciitis.
Greg Catalano, DPM, FACFAS, a Massachusetts foot and ankle surgeon and Fellow member of ACFAS, states that options for heel pain are becoming more advanced and focused on helping the patient's body heal the injury itself.
According to ACFAS foot and ankle surgeons, depending on the severity of a patient's plantar fasciitis, these latest treatment options can include:
Heel pain that is present for more than four weeks and has not responded to changes in support or anti-inflammatory medications are signs it is time to seek help. According to Jason Miller, DPM, FACFAS, a Pennsylvania foot and ankle surgeon and Fellow member of ACFAS, if the heel pain is interfering with normal daily activities, work or recreational activities, then it's time to see a foot and ankle surgeon.
When visiting a foot and ankle surgeon, patients need to be honest about how their pain developed, their level of activity, what type of shoes they wear and what type of treatment they've completed, if any. Foot and ankle surgeons will look to conservative treatments first – such as stretching exercises, icing, modifying shoe gear and activity and sometimes physical therapy. They may also recommend using a night splint or a cortisone injection for patients who experience chronic pain in the morning.
"A lot of patients will get better with conservative therapy if done correctly," said Dr. Miller. "The good news is that, for patients who don't respond well to conservative approaches, we have more treatment options than ever before."
To find a foot and ankle surgeon in your area or for more information on heel pain or other foot and ankle health information, visit FootHealthFacts.org, the patient education website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of 7,500 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College's mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its patient education website, FootHealthFacts.org.
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