Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Injury Questions

If you have questions about foot and ankle injuries in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to treat your injury and get you back to the activities you love. Call us today if you have been injured.

 

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  • Is there any new treatment for heel pain.

    Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective alternative to invasive surgical treatments. This procedure is a treatment method that applies acoustic energy to the heel tissue from out side the body; it offers many advantages over surgery.

  • How does a heel spur form?

    Heel spurs are also known as traction enthesophyte. These enthesophytes are seen at the attachment point of a tendon. This has nothing to do with arthritis. It may result from tight muscles which increase the pull at the attachment sight of the tendon, or, sometimes due to an injury.

  • When is surgery needed for heel pain?

    Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatment, a small percentage of patients may require surgery. If after several months of nonsurgical treatment you continue to still have heel pain, surgical management should be considered.

  • Are there any good exercises for heel pain?

    Exercise and physical therapy measures may be used to help provide relief.

    Exercises that stretch out the calf muscle may help ease pain and assist with recovery.

  • Is ice or heat better for heel pain?

    Putting and ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes several times a day helps reduce inflammation. Place a thin towel or washcloth between the ice and your heel; do not apply ice directly to the skin.

  • Are any of those funny looking shoes good for heel pain?

    There are several shoe lines on the market that are endorsed by patient testimonials, however, there is little to no level one evidence or evidence based literature that proves that these shoes relief symptoms as claimed. This being said in our own experiences sometimes this is just what the doctor ordered.

  • Can shockwave therapy cure my heel pain?

    Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective alternative to invasive surgical treatments. This procedure is a treatment method that applies acoustic energy to the heel tissue from out side the body; it offers many advantages over surgery.

  • Why does my heel pain jump from foot to foot?

    This process is likely due to the instability and asymmetry of the body. Over- compensation from guarding one foot may lead to pain in the other heel. In this condition we have found that custom orthotics that correct the asymmetry of the feet, hold the heels in anatomical alignment to the leg mitigate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

  • What is the best kind of doctor to see for my heel pain?

    A Podiatrist, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. As a specialist in foot care, the podiatrist receives extensive training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and ankle disorders by medical and surgical means. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a college of podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Podiatrists are the only medical specialists educated, trained, licensed, and certified for exclusive treatment of the foot and ankle.

  • How do i know if a heel spur is causing my pain?

    Diagnostic imaging studies such an x-rays or other imaging modalities may be used to distinguish the different types of heel pain. Sometimes heel spurs are found in patients with plantar fasciitis, but these are rarely a source of pain.