Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain for adults in the United States, and it causes about 10% of all running-related injuries. New York City and Long Island City podiatrist Dr. McElvin Pope has extensive experience relieving the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis and developing customized treatment plans to prevent future problems at his Manhattan practice. It’s important to get early treatment for heel pain to prevent further damage to the plantar fascia ligament. To learn more, call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
A strong ligament called the plantar fascia connects your heel to the base of your toes. It supports the shape of the arch and helps absorb shock.
When you have structural problems with the arch of your foot or your plantar fascia is exposed to excessive pressure, a tear, or other injuries, it becomes inflamed, a condition called plantar fasciitis. Damage to the ligament can also arise over time from everyday wear and tear.
Plantar fasciitis is primarily known for causing heel pain. You may also develop aching in the arch of your foot and be swelling on the bottom of your heel.
Often with plantar fasciitis, the pain is worse when you take your first steps after sleeping or resting. As you keep walking, the pain may lessen as the plantar fascia gradually stretches.
Inflammation in the plantar fascia often develops over time as it becomes exposed to ongoing stress and increasing damage. The most frequent causes of plantar fasciitis include:
After completing a thorough examination, including diagnostic imaging if needed, Dr. Pope develops an individualized treatment plan to relieve your pain and heal the plantar fascia.
Your treatment may include one or more of the following:
Dr. Pope might suggest ways to temporarily modify your activities or recommend immobilizing your foot to give your plantar fascia time to heal. He often develops an exercise program to help stretch and strengthen muscles and connective tissues.
You may benefit from physical therapy, which provides structured exercises and other treatments to promote healing, relieve inflammation, and improve function.
Orthotic shoe inserts and orthopedic shoes are specially designed to support and cushion your heel, relieving pressure on the plantar fascia. Customized orthotics can also help correct structural problems causing plantar fasciitis.
Dr. Pope may prescribe topical pain medication or inject corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and pain, depending on the severity of your plantar fasciitis. In rare cases as a last resort after trying conservative measures, Dr. Pope may need to perform surgery to release tension on the plantar fascia.
You can get lasting relief from your heel pain. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.