Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, bringing about 2 million Americans to a foot specialist each year. The plantar fascia is a shock-absorbing bowstring like thick ligament that connects your heel to toes. When you stand your arch collapses causing this bowstring to stretch out leading to the formation of micro tears in the ligament that can result in weakness, swelling, and irritation of the plantar fascia.
The most prominent symptom of plantar fasciitis is arch and heel pain. It may feel like a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot when you get out of bed in the morning, after standing for prolonged periods of time, or when you stand up after sitting for a while. It’s also common to experience pain after you exercise, not during your workout.
Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis. You don’t have to sustain an injury. Plantar Fasciitis can develop simply because of overuse and walking. New Yorkers are more prone to develop plantar fasciitis because people walk more than average as they typically commute to and from work by foot.
But, several factors can increase your risk of getting it, such as:
Here at Gotham Footcare, your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination with x rays and an ultrasound to identify the source of the heel pain. 90% of patients at Gotham Footcare walk out of our offices pain free with 6 weeks of treatment that involves a combination of simple home and in office modalities such as:
Home stretching exercises
The application of ice (using a frozen water bottle)
Topical and or oral anti-inflammatory medications
Night Splints that help stretch out the plantar fascia.
Cortisone injections when necessary
If these treatments do not improve your condition, your doctor may recommend minimally invasive surgery for plantar fasciitis. Gotham Footcare proudly offers the most advanced minimally invasive surgical treatments in the industry including Shock Wave Therapy and other services. These procedures are low risk and have a high rate of success. They are highly effective at fully resolving chronic foot pain with a faster recovery time enabling patient to get back to work and being active.