Healthy Feet Podiatry / Tampa, Wesley Chapel and Brooksville, Florida

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Many people suffer from pain in the heel and pain in the arch of the foot first thing in the morning or after sitting for a period of time.  Pain in the heel and pain in the arch of the foot is usually caused from not wearing enough arch support in the shoe, increased weight on the bottom of the heel and increased time standing throughout the day. Many years ago, doctors believed pain in the heel was caused by heel spurs but now we know the pain is caused from inflammation of the plantar ligament and not a heel spur.  
How to cure heel pain and how to cure plantar fasciitis and how to cure heel spurs:  Heel pain and plantar fasciitis are treated with a series of cortisone injections, anti-inflammatories, icing, and stretching of the plantar fascia. The long-term treatment for heel pain and plantar fasciitis is a custom made orthotic which is made in the office. We make same day custom orthotics in our office and we also make a custom-orthotic from a scan of the feet. Ozone injections, PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections, super pulse laser, and ESWT (extracorporeal shock wave treatment) are also offered in our office.  If all conservative treatment fails for plantar fasciitis and heel pain, a plantar fasciotomy can be performed in the office or an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy or open fasciotomy can be performed in a surgery center. 

Flat feet 

Flat feet are incredibly common in children and adults alike. Often referred to as fallen arches, there are several causes for a flatfoot. The most common cause of a flatfoot is a tight calf muscle also known as equinus. Other causes do exist, such as a tarsal coalition, which is an often-overlooked deformity that causes a patient to have a very rigid flatfoot. Flat feet can cause pain in the heel, or plantar fasciitis along with tendinitis and other pains throughout the foot, knee and hip! Flatfeet are conservatively treated with custom-molded orthotics to reposition the foot into a more neutral position. If tendinitis or any other pain is associated with your flatfoot, we have a variety of treatment options. The most common and effective are cortisone injections, Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), shockwave, Super pulsed laser, and Ozone therapies, which all achieve inflammation reduction and therefore pain relief in different ways!  If a flatfoot is severe or severely painful, surgical correction can be performed which is often done either through a flatfoot reconstruction or fusion of joints in the back of the foot called a triple arthrodesis. Painful flat feet are often progressive. Any of our locations in South Tampa, North Tampa, Wesley Chapel, or Brooksville are equipped to provide the services you may need. 

Achilles Tendinitis/Heel pain

Having heel pain can be debilitating at times and stressful to the patient dealing with it. Achilles tendinitis is pain localized at the back of the heel where the Achilles inserts. It can hurt when exercising, playing sports or just walking around the park. The Achilles is the strongest tendon in the body and vital to walking. There are numerous ways to treat Achilles tendinitis in the office. Ways to treat Achilles tendinitis include, anti-inflammatories, icing, stretching and custom molded orthotics. For more advanced Achilles tendinitis regenerative medicine such as platelet- rich plasma (PRP), ozone, shockwave and super pulse are excellent modalities to alleviate your symptoms. If you are suffering from heel pain or Achilles tendinitis call us now at one of our locations, Brooksville, Wesley Chapel, North Tampa and South Tampa. 

Call our North Tampa location at (813) 971-4678, our Wesley Chapel location at (813) 388-9801, or our Brooksville location at (352) 796-7800.