High-tech ways to relieve foot and heel pain
Picture perfect: Drs. Michael Lacey (left) and Michael Nirenberg, of Friendly Foot Care in Crown Point, Ind., use an endoscopic camera to help relieve heel and foot pain. | Supplied photo
Award-winning podiatrists Drs. Michael Nirenberg and Michael Lacey, of Crown Point, are now using a high-tech treatment to help alleviate heel pain.
“Heel pain is not normal and you do not have to live with it,” Dr. Lacey says.
People suffer with pain in their heels for many different reasons, Dr. Nirenberg explains. It could be a heel spur or an irritation of a ligament called plantar fasciitis.
“Sometimes the pain starts with the very first step out of bed,” Dr. Lacey says.
The pain is frequently sharp or stabbing, and it causes people to limp and soon they often end up with other aches and pains.
To help people with heel pain, Drs. Nirenberg and Lacey use a special, tiny but powerful camera called an endoscopic camera. Through a tiny opening they make at the side of the patient’s heel, they slip the camera inside. The camera allows them to alleviate the problem, usually a thickened ligament in the heel called the plantar fascia. With the use of the camera, the doctors free up part of this ligament from the heel bone.
“The camera makes it easy to alleviate heel pain,” Lacey says. “It only takes a few minutes.”
The doctors also use the high-tech camera to help alleviate painful arthritis from the foot and ankle. Nirenberg cautions that this high-tech treatment is not for everyone and does not always work, but when it does, he says it’s great to see people walking normally — without a painful limp!
If you have heel pain or other foot or ankle problems, you can reach Drs. Nirenberg and Lacey at their office, Friendly Foot Care, at (219)663-2273 or you can learn more about their innovative practice at www.friendlyfootcare.com.
Provided by Friendly Foot Care