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If you have suffered from chronic heel pain and your symptoms have not improved with traditional conservative treatments options then we may have a solution that will cure your heel pain for good.

We are offering a new treatment modality for chronic heel pain called (EPAT) Extracorpeal pulse activation technology. Intense pulse sound waves are introduced into the soft tissues to break up scar tissue and increased blood flow to the injured area. This procedure reduces pain and inflammation as well as stimulates your own bodies healing mechanism. 

The advantages of this procedure are:


2)No down time

3) No anesthesia

4) In office procedure

Typically, the procedures takes 5 minutes and is done weekly for three weeks.

After the treatment you will experience decreased pain and begin to have relief from symptoms which continues to improve over a 3-5 week period.

So, if you experience chronic heel pain make an appointment with our practice to see if you are a candidate for EPAT.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Do you suffer from Chronic Heel Pain?

If so Carolina Foot Specialists will begin to offer a minimally invasive option for chronic stubborn plantar fasciitis.

A new state of the art treatment for chronic heel pain that our practice will offer is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections. The procedure is in the office setting under local anesthesia and involves taking a small amount of blood from the patient, similar to giving blood for a routine test. The vial of blood is subjected to very high speeds in a machine called a centrifuge. A yellow material is obtained containing cells called platelets, that are very abundant with factors that aid in healing. These growth factors are believed to decrease the inflammation causing plantar fasciitis. The platelets from the patient's own blood is injected into the area of pain in the heel. Patients are then fitted for a removable walking boot with light weight bearing to prevent putting excess weight on the heel for one week or less. After that, they advance to sneakers, and although the range of time for pain relief is variable, it can be appreciated as early as 10-14 days.

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A common condition that we see in our offices are plantar fibromas. If you have a lump on the bottom of the foot typically in the mid portion of the foot it is more than likely a benign growth called a plantar fibroma. Plantar fibromas are a benign nodule that grows on the bottom of the foot along the plantar fasica ligament. Symptoms consist of a painful mass on the bottom of the foot between the heel pad and the forefoot. The cause is unknown but thought to be a genetic component. We are able to visualize the fibroma with Diagnostic Ultrasound in the office. Typically plantar fibromas are asymptomatic and the location is usually in a non-weightbearing part of the foot.

Conservative treatment consist of offloading pads, custom orthotics, cortisone injections to help shrink the size of the fibroma, and topical compounding transdermal Verapamil. The topical medication has shown in certain studies to shrink the size of fibromas without the need of a cortisone injection.

Surgery is the last option and involves removal of a portion of the plantar fascia. The recurrence rate is high so sometimes the entire plantar fascia has to be removed for chronic cases.

Please contact us at our West Ashley or Mt. Pleasant offices if you are experiencing any foot pain. For more information please refer to our website at


Professional basketball player Marcus Camby recently tore his plantar fascia. Here is the article on his recent injury.

More to come on how to treat plantar fascial tears.

Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment among professional basketball players. Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls has been suffering a severe case of plantar fasciitis over the past several years. This preseason he will be resting his feet to help heal his chronic heel pain. Pro Basketball players undergo extreme stress on the feet during the course of the season.

Over the next several weeks I will review some of the more state of the art conservative and minimally invasive surgical options for chronic heel pain as well as discuss a new terminalogy called "Plantar Fasciosis" which refers to a chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia.

Below is the link for the article on NBA basketball player Joakim Noah.