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Premier Podiatry Provides Heel Pain Treatment To Keep Patients Moving

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The Marietta area can benefit from a podiatrist to help regain a pain-free, active life through treatment of the foot and ankle.

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MARIETTA, GA, June 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Plantar fasciitis, or more commonly known as heel pain, is a common annoyance among many patients. If heel pain is a problem, Premier Podiatry provides many tips and treatment for Marietta patients.

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.

Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief as the pain often will return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.

You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:

- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don't underestimate your body's need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Treat Chronic Heel Pain with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

Performed on an outpatient basis, the Marietta podiatrists at Premier Podiatry can perform Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). This treatment in Marietta for heel pain is a safe and effective alternative treatment for heel pain and only requires a short recovery time. Clinical studies show that there is a 70 percent success rate for treatment or plantar fasciitis using Shockwave Therapy.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is used to treat chronic heel pain and is a brief, non-invasive, procedure that lasts approximately 30 minutes. EWST is performed under local anesthesia, and/or "twilight" anesthesia. Strong sound waves are directed at and penetrate the heel area to stimulate a healing response by the body.

The sound waves break up the tissue, creating small tunnels through which new blood vessels can grow, and the increased blood supply allows the tissue to heal. The result is a reduction in inflammation and pain from the affected ligament.

If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your Marietta podiatrist immediately.

For patients to know which option is best, it is important to speak to a podiatrist at Premier Podiatry. Contact the office at 770-971-9820, or

About Premier Podiatry: Dr. Steven P. Richman and Dr. Scott M. Cohen are staff podiatrists in Marietta at Premier Podiatry. Our doctors specialize in heel pain, ankle injury, orthotics, foot and ankle injuries, and many others. Premier Podiatry prides itself on using advanced podiatric practices and equipment for the treatment of heel pain, bunions, and other foot and ankle conditions.

Media Contact:
Premier Podiatry
1121 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068

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