Plantar Fasciitis (Arch Pain/ Heel Pain) Specialists in Downtown & Midtown, NY

Gotham Footcare

Podiatrists located in New York, NY

Pain in the arch and heel is very common, affecting nearly 2 million Americans each year. Miguel Cunha, DPM, and the physicians at Gotham Footcare can treat patients in Downtown, Midtown, and the surrounding areas of greater Manhattan in New York. Get your foot care today!

  Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What causes arch and heel pain?

There are many causes for arch and heel pain also known as Plantar Fasciitis. They range from simple mechanical issues to complex metabolic diseases. One of the most common reasons for Plantar Fasciitis is faulty foot structure. For example, flat feet or high-arched feet, wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces, or even obesity can cause arch and heel pain.  Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, or a stress fracture can all be contributing factors for heel pain. Because there are many different causes, it is recommended that you visit Gotham Footcare so that we may properly evaluate your condition, diagnose its exact cause, and provide you the best treatment.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The most common complaint for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain. Morning pain and pain after periods of rest are characteristic and can progress to pain all the time. As the pain worsens, the heel can hurt even while not weight-bearing.

What is the treatment for heel pain?

Most people suffering from heel pain recover with conservative non-surgical treatments. At Gotham Footcare the following techniques can be used for treating heel pain.

  • Plantar Fascia-Specific Stretching Techniques.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication.
  • Physical therapy including the Graston Technique to calm the inflammatory process.
  • Recommended shoe gear (both dress and athletic) that we individually match each patient’s foot type, body type, and activities.
  • Custom orthotic devices are made using a state-of-the-art laser scanner. These devices are made to fit either your dress or athletic shoes to help distribute pressure across your feet more evenly and correct the underlying structural abnormalities.
  • In some cases, injection therapy is used to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

What happens if conservative treatment fails?

Gotham Footcare prides itself on offering the latest minimally invasive surgical treatments. Three of the latest and most effective non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques include Shockwave Therapy also known as EPAT® (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology), Tenex, and Regenerative Medicine injections.