A new over-the-counter treatment for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis has received clearance from the United States FDA. The ActiPatch, created by BioElectronics Corporation, is being marketed as an adjunctive or alternative therapy to pain killers. BioElectronics Corporation is a maker of wearable pain therapy devices, with other devices including Smart Insole Heel Pain Therapy. ActiPatch is “a drug-free, wearable nonprescription medical device that provides 720-hours (90, 8-hour treatments) of on/off therapy.” The ActiPatch is just one possible future method for easing heel pain. Consult with your podiatrist to determine what heel pain treatments are most suitable for you and your concerns.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.
If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.