Human feet are truly models of strength and engineering. Did you know that each foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and a number of connective tendons? But depending on the work that you do, the exercise that you undertake, and your day-to-day lifestyle and activity level, your feet can take a significant brunt of the work.
When things work well and the way they are supposed to, it’s easy to take your body for granted, but if you experience chronic heel pain, you can imagine how much your day-to-day lifestyle will need to change to accommodate any problem. The causes of heel pain are varied and they can result in problems such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bursitis, Sever’s disease, stress fractures, neuritis and nerve pain and Achilles tendonitis. Because of the large number of possible causes for the pain, it’s important to work with a podiatrist to determine the source of the trouble. A misdiagnosis or no treatment at all can result in the potential of a once-sporadic condition turning into a chronic issue that could affect you and your lifestyle for years to come.
Steps to Diagnosing Heel Pain at KC Foot and Ankle
- Review patient history
- Conduct a physical exam
- Take x-rays or an ultrasound, as needed
Considering that the average person takes as many as 8,000-10,000 steps each day and that pressure on the feet can exceed your actual body weight, it’s a good idea to talk to a podiatrist about the best ways to reduce your heel pain and inflammation fast. Some of these methods include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicine, cortisone injections, and the new Multi Radiance 4 laser.
Multi Radiance 4 Laser – a musculoskeletal laser that can treat ankle and foot pain without medications or injections. This FDA-approved treatment method uses non-invasive cold laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. The laser helps to speed the metabolic process and improve circulation to facilitate healing. First used by NASA for astronauts in space, the laser is now preferred by patients with an active lifestyle and by college and professional sporting teams such as our hometown Royals, Sporting KC and Chiefs.
Conditions Treated by the Multi Radiance 4 Laser
- Plantar fibromas, a knot in the arch of the foot
- Arthritis, inflammation and stiffness in the joints
- Neuromas, benign growth of nerve tissue between the toes
- Joint Pain
- Strains and Sprains
If you or someone you love suffers with heel pain, talk to the podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle about a solution that fits your lifestyle. Our doctors provide more than twenty years of experience treating bunions, heel pain, sports injuries, reconstructive foot surgery and skin and toenail issues.