A Guide To Conservative Care For Heel Pain

Christopher Corwin, DPM | 55,218 reads | 0 comments | 10/21/2011

More often than not, patients with plantar fasciitis have already attempted to resolve the condition on their own before they come into your office. This author explores a range of effective conservative treatments, investigates the potential of physical therapy and offers pointers on getting patients to stretch in the appropriate manner to help relieve plantar fasciitis.

(Photo courtesy of Kirk Herring, DPM) Clinicians may pursue cast immobilization in conjunction with giving a final corticosteroid injection.

A Guide To Conservative Care For Heel Pain

By Eric M. Feit, DPM and Alona Kashanian, DPM | 18,522 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2007

Over the years, podiatrists have become the primary health care providers for all forefoot conditions and most rearfoot conditions. With greater public awareness and increased referrals from primary care doctors, heel pain pathology is perhaps the most common foot pathology we treat in our offices. As a result, many new devices and surgical techniques have emerged in recent years to help improve our outcomes.

Unfortunately, some of these newer methods and techniques are not always necessary and may not demonstrate the same outcomes that some of the research states.

Raising Questions About ESWT In Heel Pain Article

hmpadmin | 6,889 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/2004

First, I’d like to say that the article on adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) was insightful and thorough (see the cover story “A New Approach To Adult-Acquired Flatfoot,” pg. 32, May issue). It is now my reference on AAF. However, I found that the heel pain article left questions unanswered (see “Conquering Conservative Care For Heel Pain,” pg. 48, May issue). I wonder why James Losito, DPM, offered his comments on Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) while having very limited knowledge of ESWT. Out of the three methods of generating shockwave, Dr. Losito only describes one.

A Guide To Conservative Treatment For Heel Pain

By John Mozena, DPM | 15,942 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2003

Plantar fasciitis is certainly one of the most common conditions we see in podiatric practice and more than 90 percent of patients are cured with conservative treatment.1 It sounds relatively simple. Well, in order to consistently facilitate successful outcomes, not only must one have a strong anatomical understanding of the plantar fascia, there must also be a strong command of the various causes of the condition, key diagnostic indicators and when to apply various treatment solutions in the armamentarium.

A Guide To Neurogenic Etiologies Of Heel Pain

By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA | 91,576 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2005

   While heel pain is the most common condition podiatrists see in practice, heel pain can often be complex and occasionally difficult to treat.1 In recent years, we have seen the introduction of new treatments as logical conservative preludes to fasciotomy, including extracorporeal shockwave therapy, injection of the plantar fascia with autologous growth factors and coblation therapy.2    Clinicians are able to employ some of these modalities, such as autologous growth factors, due to a better understanding of the true histological and physiological etiologic mechanis

Heel Pain Study: Night Splints In, Stretching Out?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 15,844 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2002

While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, there’s not exactly a universal approach when it comes to conservative treatment for this condition. Now a recent study suggests that prefabricated night splints may offer better results than the oft-recommended standing stretching in relieving symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Keys To Addressing Posterior Heel Ulceration

Monica Schweinberger, DPM, FACFAS | 1,403 reads | 0 comments | 10/24/2017

How do you achieve optimal offloading? How do you address deeper ulcers with exposed bone and tendon? What are the best preventive strategies? Answering these questions and more, this author shares pearls from her clinical experience and emerging insights from the literature on managing posterior heel ulcerations.

A Guide To The Differential Diagnosis Of Heel Pain

Bob Baravarian, DPM | 203,231 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/2009

Although plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, one should not overlook other possible etiologies. Accordingly, this author reviews pertinent keys to the patient history, physical exam and diagnostic testing that can help facilitate an accurate diagnosis.

   Plantar fasciitis is by far the most common cause of heel pain. Given the high number of cases reported per year, it is not uncommon for a doctor to diagnose a patient with plantar fasciitis without paying adequate attention to other potential causes of heel pain.

Reconsider Biomechanical Causes In Heel Pain Cases

By David Levine, DPM, CPed | 9,747 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2002

Some days, it seems to be an epidemic. As you read the patient information sheet prior to entering the examination room to meet a patient for the first time, you start to wonder if everyone will eventually wind up with heel pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes it is easy to see why a person might be suffering with heel pain. Obesity, poor shoe selection and a job that requires extensive standing or walking are obvious contributing factors. In other situations, the cause(s) might be more perplexing.

When it comes to patients with plantar fasciitis, the author commonly refers patients to physical therapists or prescribes physical therapy to help train patients on proper stretching techniques. Then he monitors their compliance over a span of time. (Pho

A Closer Look At Practice Management Aspects Of Treating Heel Pain

By Lowell Weil Jr., DPM, MBA | 23,500 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2008

Heel pain is the single most common reason that patients seek out the care of podiatric physicians. Estimates state that more than 15 million Americans suffer with heel pain and emerging technologies for treatment have ballooned over the past seven years. However, many of these technologies are expensive and may not be covered by all insurance companies.