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Treatment for Heel Pain in Atlanta, GA

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that supports the foot’s arch. This extremely common condition may cause burning or stabbing pain whenever the foot bears weight, making it difficult to stand, walk, and move about one’s day.

Those living with plantar fasciitis can find relief with The Physicians, a group of specialists in Rome, Marietta, Atlanta, and Stockbridge, GA, are experts in treating plantar fasciitis. With advanced testing, imaging and treatments such as custom orthotics and shockwave therapy, The Physicians are dedicated to helping patients get back on their feet.

The Physicians offer the most comprehensive heel pain treatment available in Atlanta with innovative interventions that focus on long-term relief. If you’re ready to get started on the road to recovery, schedule your first appointment with us today.

Foot Pain Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the heel. This pain tends to be worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity, and it can be intense when first standing up after sitting. Other symptoms may include:

  • Aching or burning in the foot
  • Stiffness or tightness in the heel or arch of the foot
  • Swelling in the heel

At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, we offer various treatment options for plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Physical Therapy: Our licensed physical therapists work with patients to stretch and strengthen the affected foot, as well as recommend exercises to improve overall foot health.
  • Orthotics and Shoe Inserts: We offer custom orthotics designed to support the foot and relieve pressure on the affected area. Soft shoe inserts may also be recommended to provide additional cushioning.
  • Shockwave Therapy: This non-invasive treatment uses targeted sound waves to stimulate healing in the affected area.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or prescription medication may be recommended to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • TENEX Procedure: During this minimally invasive procedure, tiny instruments are used to break up scar tissue in the affected area, providing relief for chronic foot pain.

At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, we understand that every patient is unique. Our team of experienced physicians will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to provide the best possible outcome and relief from your plantar fasciitis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is not entirely clear, but it is believed to develop through a combination of factors, such as:

  • Repetitive stress: Activities that involve repeated stress or impact on the foot, such as running or jumping, can cause tiny tears in the fascia, leading to inflammation and pain.
  • Improper footwear: Shoes with inadequate arch support or those that are worn out can place undue stress on the plantar fascia and contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.
  • Obesity: Excess weight places additional pressure on the feet and can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
  • Age: Plantar fasciitis is more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60.

By understanding the underlying causes of plantar fasciitis, it's possible to take measures to decrease the risk of developing the condition.

Is surgery usually required for plantar fasciitis?

Surgery is typically seen as a last resort option for plantar fasciitis and is generally only recommended if other treatments have failed to offer relief after a period of six to 12 months of conservative therapy. Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be effectively managed with a combination of stretching, physical therapy, orthotics, and other non-surgical treatments. However, in rare cases where conservative treatments fail, the physician may suggest surgery as an option. It is important to seek medical treatment to manage the condition and minimize the risk of complications.

Do you accept insurance for plantar fasciitis treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for chronic pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.