Heel Pain Center of Oklahoma
Most people never realize how important their feet are—until there’s a problem.
When heel pain strikes, everything becomes more difficult. Your days get longer. You can’t exercise, engage in your hobbies, or accomplish tasks without quitting early in frustration. Daily pleasures you used to enjoy are now too difficult to contemplate.
You need your life back. At the Heel Pain Center of Oklahoma, that’s what you’ll get. Dr. Elenburg and his team have years of experience treating heel pain in all its forms. With the latest research and diagnostic and treatment technologies at our disposal, we are the experts you need to get you back on your feet.
Heel Pain Causes
The first step toward effective treatment is an accurate diagnosis. At the Heel Pain Center of Oklahoma, we treat all heel pain conditions, including:
- Plantar fasciitis. This is the most common cause of heel pain in adults. It is caused by tearing in the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue running along the bottom of your foot. Pain is often the worst early in the morning, with the first steps of the day.
- Heel spurs. Bone spurs extending from the heel bone are a common side effect of chronic plantar fasciitis. They don’t always cause pain, but when they do, we’re here to help.
- Achilles tendinitis. The fact that the Achilles is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body doesn’t exempt it from injury! Sudden increases in activity can lead to painful tearing, inflammation, or degeneration in the heel cord.
- Bursitis. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints. Repetitive motions or trauma can irritate them. Bursitis is common near the back of the heel.
- Haglund’s deformity. Also known as “pump bump,” this bony enlargement may form at the back of the heel due to repetitive irritation—for example, by wearing hard-backed shoes.
A diagnosis, however, is only one step toward resolution. We also need to understand the factors that may have contributed to the injury. This may include things like the shoes you wear, your foot structure and biomechanics, the activities you perform on a regular basis, your weight, and many others.
Identifying both the diagnosis and the root causes behind it allows us to personalize a treatment plan that will be most effective for your unique situation.
Advanced and Effective Treatment Options
At the Heel Pain Center of Oklahoma, we are proud to offer comprehensive care for heel pain, including many of the latest medical advances. We will do everything in our power to help you heal quickly and fully.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to heel pain. Our approach is to ensure we have almost any kind of treatment you would ever need on hand—from traditional remedies to state-of-the-art technology—and then personalize a treatment plan to fit your precise needs and goals as effectively as possible.
Many mild to moderate cases of heel pain still respond well to “old fashioned” strategies like rest, stretching, and footwear and activity modifications. If your heel pain is more stubborn, we can take the next step with advanced therapies such as:
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
This state-of-the-art therapy has proven to be an extremely effective and safe treatment for most cases of heel pain, including those causing severe pain or long-term chronic problems. It is a regenerative therapy, meaning it stimulates your own natural healing and tissue repair mechanisms to achieve healing. Just a couple of 15-20 minutes sessions—spaced a week or two apart—can provide long-awaited, long-lasting relief.
The right pair of custom orthotics can alleviate heel pain by putting your feet back into alignment and adding just the right amounts of cushioning, support, and stability you need. But if you don’t get the right fit, you won’t get the right relief. Trust our team to get it right.
Topaz radiofrequency treatment
This is a minimally invasive option for patients whose heel pain continues to persist after attempting fully conservative strategies. A needle-like wand that emits radiofrequency waves is inserted in several places along the painful area to break up scar tissue and trigger a healing response. About 90 percent of extremely recalcitrant heel pain cases that would otherwise require open surgery can be treated successfully with Topaz, meaning patients typically can return to weight-bearing activities immediately and can make a full recovery within just a few weeks instead of several months.
Dr. Elenburg and Dr. Knight are board-certified in foot surgery and can perform a more traditional surgical procedure for your heel pain if necessary. However, thanks to our wealth of effective conservative and minimally invasive treatment options, open surgery is rarely required.
The Heel Pain Center of Oklahoma Is Here to Help
Don’t wait any longer to do something about your condition! Heel pain is very treatable, and there’s an expert right here in Oklahoma City who can help you. Call the Heel Pain Center of Oklahoma today at (405) 418-2676.
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