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Ankle & Heel Pain
Causes of Heel PainConditions that cause heel pain generally fall into two main categories: pain beneath the heel and pain behind the heel.
Pain Beneath the Heel
- Plantar fasciitis : One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is causes due to the inflammation of the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Pain due to plantar fasciitis can be felt in the heel or the arch and is usually worst in the morning. The first step coming out of bed is usually the most painful one.
- Heel spur : When plantar fasciitis continues for a long time, a heel spur (calcium deposit) may form where the fascia tissue band connects to your heel bone.
Causes of Ankle Pain
- Ankle Sprains : An ankle sprain is an injury to the bands of ligaments that surround and connect the bones of the leg to the foot. The injury typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bones and joints together.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) : RA is a chronic disease of the joints that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, the thin membrane that lines the joints. The result can be joint damage, pain, swelling, inflammation, loss of function and disability. In about 90% patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the joints of the feet are ankles are affected.
- Gout : Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when excess uric acid, a bodily waste product circulating in the bloodstream, is deposited as needle-shaped monosodium urate crystals in tissues of the body, including the joints.
Non Surgical Treatment For Joint Conditions
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is unique and supported by evidence based medicine. It has been formulated in our primary branch in the USA and implemented in other branches and has been updated since 1991.
We have successfully treated more than 50,000 patients with this protocol at our branches in U.S.A and GCC.
At American Spine Center we not only focus on treating the symptoms of the disease but also on the underlying root cause.
Our aim is to treat the patient as a whole with successful results.
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is based on 4 key principles
- 1. Consultation & Education : The first step towards a successful treatment is consultation and education. This includes a detailed history and physical examination and review of previous records with the patient. At this stage our specialists will recommend the appropriate medication regimen.
- 2. Physical Therapy : Physical therapy is one of the keys to managing joint pain. Our physical therapists actively engage the patient in rehabilitation and exercises. Physical therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost.
- 3. Non-Surgical Pain Procedures: These procedures are an integrated part of our successful protocol of non-surgical treatment, and it ensures success rates. A series of therapeutic injections are administered to very specific areas of the spine to alleviate pain that would otherwise interfere with daily life. Our Pain Physicians are skilled in using this advanced method of Pain Management with care and safety. We use C-ARM and ultrasound guide for precise placement of the needle for increased effectiveness and to avoid any potential side effect.
- 4. Nutrition & Wellness: We believe that the patient’s active participation with treatment protocol produces long-lasting results. We review all conditions as well as risk factors. We address many issues; such as smoking cessation, overweight problems, ergonomic posture, and exercises that can fit into any lifestyle or schedule. We feel that implementing these changes will improve the chances of long-lasting results so the patient can enjoy a normal active life.