New Treatment Could Help Relieve Heel Pain

A new device being developed could help relieve heel pain when used with ultrasound therapyAnyone who has experienced the pain of plantar fasciitis, the heel pain caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, knows how debilitating this condition can become.

While there are already a variety of treatments available to help relieve the discomfort of plantar fasciitis, a new technique currently under development is looking very promising.

Here’s the basic idea: there’s a machine called the TX1 Device, which is basically just a small needle with a suction device attached to its end. When the thick plantar fascia bands get inflamed and scarred, the TX1 allows a podiatrist to enter the foot and suck out some of the scar tissue, allowing healthy tissue to regrow in its place. The device is meant to be used in conjunction with ultrasound therapy.

There are some down sides to this proposed treatment plan. After getting a TX1 treatment, your foot or feet will have to be immobilized in a boot for as long as four weeks; this recovery period is a critical step toward ensuring the development of new, healthy tissue in the place where damaged tissue once formed.

It’s also important to note that, even with this therapy, most people will still require physical therapy to ensure their walking gait returns to normal after being altered by their chronic heel pain. Since physical therapy is already considered standard treatment for plantar fasciitis, people may not want to take an extra, more invasive step that requires longer down times.

Heel pain can become a chronic, debilitating problem if not addressed promptly and properly. If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider as soon as possible to discuss all your available options. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.