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One of the most common complaints that we see in our office is heel pain. Typically acute heel pain can be treated with simple conservative treatment such as stretching, night splints, NSAIDS, ice, inserts, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. When your heel pain is chonic it can frustrating and really limit your activity.

Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown are both active individuals with a passion for running and know first hand what it feels like when you can not get back to your given athletic activity.

If conservative treatment has not resolved your heel pain you still have hope. Dr. Brown and Dr. Saffer our both trained on minimally invasive surgical options for chronic heel pain. Topaz, instep plantar fasciotomy, BioD restore injection, and Tenex are some of the surgical options that can be utilized for chronic heel pain (Plantar Fasciosis).

Our offices have both diagnostic ultrasound as well as digital x-ray to help confirm your type of heel pain. We have a proactive approach that keeps you active while you heal.

I have included in this blog links to this new state of the art injection for chronic heel pain.

Here is a great article on advanced treatment options for chronic heel pain (plantar fasciosis). We are excited about the newest minimally invasive surgical options tenex procedure. We typically utilize for chronic heel pain either a minimally incisional release called the instep plantar fasciotomy or Topaz procedure. Both of these procedures have minimal down time with a quick recovery. The tenex procedure is a new state of the art minimally invasive procedure that essentially "cleans out" the damaged plantar fascia and assist in the body healing in the healing process. Each of these procedures are outpatient procedures with a fairly quick recovery.

Calcaneal Apophysitis is the most common cause of heel pain in young athletes. Recently Aaron Thornton a elite high school soccer player was interviewed by Jermel President (Former College of Charleston basketball star) about this foot condition and how he was treated by Carolina Foot Specialists with Custom Sports Orthotics. Below our two links one is some general information about growth plate heel injuries in young athletes and a youtube video interview with Aaron and his experience with Carolina Foot Specialists.

It is very important to understand that if you have been suffering from heel pain it may not be "Plantar fasciits." That is why it is important to be evaluated by a Foot Specialist to make sure you have not been given the wrong diagnosis which could delay the resolution of heel pain. Here are other causes of heel pain that we see in our practice.
•Plantar Fasciosis (Fasciitis)                               
•Infracalcaneal Fat Pad Atrophy
•Medical Calcaneal Nerve Entrapment
•Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
•Rheumatoid Arthritis
•Reiter’s syndrome

•Ankylosing spondylitis

•Posterior Enethesopathies
•Behet’s syndrome
•Lateral Plantar N. branch to ADQ
•Calcaneal Stress fracture
•Calcaneal tumors/cysts
•Intraosseous edema of calcaneus



The vast majority of Heel Pain is caused by a breakdown in the tissue (plantar fascia) that supports the foot.

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