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Symptoms and Treatments for Bone Spurs

Symptoms and Treatments for Bone & Heel Spurs Bone spurs occur frequently in the feet. Bone spurs form most often in the heel area, close to the toes, and on the big toe joint. A spur is really just a small outgrowth of a bone. Bone spurs themselves are typically…

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What to Expect with Steroid Injections

What to Expect When Getting a Steroid Injection 1. An anesthetic (numbing medication) is mixed in with the steroid injection.   2. The anesthetic will keep a part of your foot numb for between one and four hours.   3. If you feel like it, you may drive following the injection and…

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Plantar Fascia Release Surgery

What is Plantar Fascia Release Surgery? This surgery involves cutting the plantar fascia at its attachment to the heel bone.  If there is a heel spur in this location, it may be removed at the same time.  This is because there is good evidence that heel spurs do not cause pain. The…

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

ESWT Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is used to treat chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis). “Extracorporeal” means “outside of the body.” During this noninvasive procedure, sonic waves are directed at the area of pain using a device similar to that currently used in nonsurgical treatment of kidney…

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Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

Plantar Fasciitis What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a condition which causes heel and arch pain. Plantar fasciitis pain can be traced to inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis, which you may also have heard called Heel Spur Syndrome, is basically just an inflammation of the…

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Dry Needling

Plantar Fasciitis and Dry Needling What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling is a fairly new treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis. “Studies show 95% success rate for Plantar Fasciitis that has not responded to standard treatments” It is a minimally invasive procedure that we are able to do in the office for…

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Morning Foot Pain

Does Having Morning Foot Pain Mean I Have Plantar Fasciitis? Not necessarily. While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of morning foot pain and a common heel pain diagnosis, it is not the only condition that can cause morning foot pain. Other conditions that can cause morning foot pain…

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Pediatric Heel Pain

What is Pediatric Heel Pain?   What Is Pediatric Heel Pain? Heel pain is not uncommon in children. In fact, it occurs quite often. However, that does not mean it should ever be ignored or left untreated. You shouldn’t wait to see if the pain will go away on its…

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Heel Fissures

Cracking of Skin on the Feet Heel fissures is the term for cracking of the skin of the heels. This can be a painful condition that can cause bleeding. Open-backed sandals or shoes that allow more slippage around the heel while walking are often culprits that cause heel fissures. Skin conditions,…

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