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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 07, 2014
Category: Foot Health

Heel painIt’s bad enough when your heel hurts, but the overload of information on treatments can be daunting! With so many options to explore, you may be wondering which is best for you. While everyone’s body is different, with varying needs, there are some common suggestions you may find helpful.

First, at-home stretches recommended by a physical therapist may provide relief. Exercises like calf raises help to strengthen your muscles and lessen the strain on your heels. Simple activities such as rolling your feet over a tennis ball can also be soothing.

If you’re an athlete, or participate in high-impact sports like running, consider alternating days in which you swim or do yoga instead. This will help reduce the force you put on your heels, feet and other joints, slowing down the wear-and-tear of use.

You may also be prescribed anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling in your heel area.

Many patients find that with medication their heel pain can be controlled.

However, if your discomfort persists, or you experience increased damage, you may want to consider laser therapy for heel pain. This non-invasive surgery involves the MLS therapy laser. During the procedure, a laser beam is passed over the affected area, reducing inflammation and spurring your body’s healing process.

One major benefit of MLS lasers is the speed of recovery time. When compared to other traditional forms of surgery, those who receive laser treatment often heal at a faster pace than their non-laser counterparts.

The technology of lasers is still relatively new, with its pros and cons still debated. Truthfully, laser surgery may not be the best option for every patient. That is why it’s important to discuss in depth any concerns prior to solidifying your heel pain plan.

If you have any questions regarding laser therapy for heel pain, or would like to explore more information, visit the Foot Doctor of the East Bay. We have locations in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro CA. Contact Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad DPM today and ask how their MLS laser can help you.


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