Pain impacts many Americans today. According to the CDC, it is a common reason that many people seek medical care. To reduce your heel pain, contact a podiatrist in Livonia, Commerce Township, Royal Oak, MI. Drs. Randy Semma, Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Stacey Stefansky are podiatrists at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care that treat heel pain. The three Michigan sites, Livonia, Royal Oak, and Saginaw provide quality care to improve your mobility.
What Is A Podiatrist?
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), a podiatrist is a doctor that treats the foot, ankle, or other issues connected with the legs. They conduct surgery, wound care, children's foot care, and diabetic foot care. Make sure your podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, demonstrating they have completed advanced training in foot and ankle care.
The podiatrist will focus on the main causes of your heel pain. One main cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of fascia tissue below the foot. Another cause of heel pain could be heel spurs, which is a bone protrusion or growth under the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain, which is swelling of the Achilles tendon. This tendon runs from the back of the heel and to the ankle.
How Can A Podiatrist Help Reduce Your Heel Pain?
The podiatrist recommends a variety of treatments that can eliminate or reduce your heel pain. The treatment will be provided after reviewing the x-rays and other examination details. Here is the list of potential treatments that a podiatrist provides:
- Anti-inflammatory medication - This medication can be taken orally or through injections.
- Exercises, including stretches
- Proper shoewear
- Orthotic devices, including shoe inserts - These are used to support ligaments and tendons attached to the heel bone. The devices correct the biomechanical imbalance and control excessive pronation.
- Ice packs
- Physical therapy
- Surgery - This will involve the release of the plantar fascia or removal of the spur or bursa.
When there is a serious persistent case of heel pain, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) is a possible treatment.
Contact A Podiatrist Today
If you're suffering from heel pain and live near Livonia, Commerce Township, Royal Oak, MI, meet with our podiatrists, Drs. Randy Semma, Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Stacey Stefansky. They will provide comprehensive examinations of your foot and ankle for the source of pain.
The doctors will work with you to provide the best treatment to reduce your heel pain. Let Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care improve your quality of life. Make a call today to one of our three sites in Michigan: Livonia (734) 261-3400, Royal Oak (248) 549-3338, and Saginaw (989) 475-5234.