I saw Dr. Menke this afternoon because of chronic pain I’ve been having in my heel for a few months. Firstly, the office is brand new, beautiful and equipped with the newest state of the art equipment. I was greeted by Tara, who is so friendly and helpful and got my paperwork taken care of quickly. Dr. Menke took his time discussing my foot issue with me and he felt it best to start by taking a few x-rays, to make sure I didn’t have a fracture in any area of my foot that could be causing the pain. Dr. Menke’s diagnosis was acute heel pain plantar fasciitis, which trust me, is extremely painful. He was so right on with everything he told me! He suggested a treatment plan and I am already feeling better! I will follow his instructions and follow up next week and continue on. Dr. Menke is professional, knowledgeable and extremely confident in his practice. I am so glad I found him! I highly recommend his podiatry clinic! Shirley R – Yelp Review 05.17.2016
Heel pain is more common than most people realize, and heel pain plantar fasciitis is probably the most common type of heel pain experienced. There are many things that can cause the bottom of the foot to hurt and typically it’s a result of abnormal stress on the heel from abnormal walking patterns and lack of arch support. Minor injuries sustained while walking or running can also trigger a slow progression of pain in the bottom of the heel that becomes a constant and annoying problem experienced daily.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia (band of tissue) that runs along the bottom of the foot and the condition occurs when the plantar fascia is strained. When this area of the foot is over worked, commonly due to a lack of arch support, the plantar fascia become inflamed and painful. Additionally, a bone spur may develop where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone (see below)!
Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Initial treatment options include Custom Orthotics, supportive foot / ankle braces, night splints, and walking boots to name a few. For those patients not responding to conservative treatment, both Dr. Christopher Menke and Dr. Allison Menke (brother and sister) can perform a minimal incision / minimally invasive procedure at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro to alleviate the pain. Alternatively, Da Vinci Foot and Ankle Lake Oconee is the only medical practice between Atlanta and Augusta that offers MLS Laser therapy Multiwave lock system (MLS) laser therapy as an alternative to surgery!