Foot Symptoms

Heel Pain

Also known as plantar fasciitis, heel pain is the inflammation and tearing of the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Heel pain can be acute or prolonged, and often flares up upon first rising from a seated or lying position, or after long periods of standing or walking. At Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Hamilton, our courteous and caring chiropodists / foot care specialists offer a variety of products and services to help you with your heel pain:

Orthotics

The most effective treatment of heel pain / plantar fasciitis, orthotics addresses your present heel pain, and acts as a preventative treatment to restrict heel pain from returning. Orthotics improve the alignment and function of the foot, and stop the tearing of the plantar fascia with each step. Ours are available in a variety of materials, designs, shapes, corrections, and styles from pediatric orthotics, custom orthotics and sport orthotics, to treat your heel pain.

Orthopedic shoes

Adequate indoor and outdoor footwear plays an important role in the recovery from acute or prolonged heel pain. At Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre’s Hamilton location, our experts can assist you in selecting the most appropriate orthopedic shoes for your feet.

Cold laser therapy

Heel pain can be treated by Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre’s cold laser therapy. This effective treatment, which is also referred to as low level laser therapy (LLLT), has been used throughout Europe for more than 35 years, and has been the subject of worldwide studies with over 3,500 scientific papers published.

Shockwave

Used to accelerate the healing process in the foot by stimulating metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue, shockwave (otherwise known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT), is highly effective at reducing heel pain.

Night splints

Designed to keep the plantar fascia in an elongated position overnight, night splints help to decrease stretch and tear, and the heel pain that occurs when you take your first waking steps.

Contrast baths

Alternating ice and heat will cause circulation in the area of the heal pain to open and close, thus reducing the heel pain and the inflammation associated with it.

Medication

The chiropodists / foot care specialists at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Hamilton may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help manage heel pain and reduce inflammation. The medications that we typically prescribe are injectable cortisone, oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), or such topical medications as anti-inflammatory or analgesics.

Stretching & strengthening

Resistance and stretching can increase strength and mobility, encourage blood flow, and reduce heel pain.

Foot taping

Taping your foot to maintain it’s arch and relieve some of the tension on the plantar fasciitis will provide short term relief in acute cases of heel pain.

Plantar fasciotomy

Surgery is rarely required for the treatment of heel pain, but in some cases a plantar fasciotomy will provide the best outcome in effectively reducing heel pain and inflammation of the plantar fasciitis.

Arch supports

Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre’s Hamilton location supplies a line of arch supports which are used to treat milder forms of heel pain. They offer temporary relief while waiting for custom orthotics to be manufactured, or as an extra device for other pairs of orthopedic shoes.

If you live in or around Hamilton, Jarvis, Stoney Creek, Cambridge, Simcoe, Milton, Brantford, Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, Woodstock, Port Dover, Caledonia, Grimsby, Cayuga, Oakville, Paris or Flamborough, Please contact Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton or Brantford location to learn more about how we can assist you with your heel pain concerns.

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