Do you feel daily foot pain? It's possible that you may be living with an uncomfortable but treatable condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Our knowledgeable podiatry team can diagnose this condition, resolving it with options like orthotics and physical therapy.
To learn more about plantar fasciitis and how to treat it, visit Forward Foot & Ankle Associates in New York City, NY.
If you notice heel pain or discomfort while moving, you may have plantar fasciitis. New York patients trust us to treat them with options like orthotics and physical therapy. We have two offices in Midtown Manhattan and Staten Island. Request a consultation today.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition affecting the plantar fascia, which is a ligament in your foot. Your heels and toes are also joined together by the plantar fascia, so when it is inflamed, it can make being on your feet extremely uncomfortable. Patients will notice heel pain and inflammation. In some cases, the plantar fascia may also be torn.
Plantar fasciitis can be painful. That's because the plantar fascia, pictured here, is inflamed and swollen, making it hard for you to walk or put pressure on your heel bone. It may also result in tearing. Though you may feel nervous, our New York City, NY, podiatrists can help you find long-term healing.
Staying active is important, but not at the expense of your health and well-being.
From walking and running to standing on your feet for long periods of time, you may inadvertently increase your heel pain. However, with treatment and rest, you can start to heal.
The caring podiatrists at Forward Foot & Ankle Associates are also here to help so you can go back to doing what you love.
Dealing with plantar fascia pain doesn't have to be a daily ritual. Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common condition, affecting many people around the world. Patients generally respond well to treatment too.
From orthotics to physical therapy, our caring podiatrists can help you find the solution to your plantar fasciitis. We offer individualized care so that you receive the attention and treatment you need to thrive again.
To get started, contact one of our two New York locations in Staten Island and Manhattan or call:
From diagnosis to treatment, our New York City podiatrists can give you relief from your plantar fasciitis.
Patients generally respond well to plantar fascia treatment.
There are several ways to treat plantar fasciitis, ranging from simple to more involved. Seeking care for plantar fasciitis sooner rather than later can improve your outcome. At our New York City practice, we may recommend the following to relieve your symptoms:
If your shoes do not have enough arch support or if you have flat feet, your choice of footwear can easily cause your plantar fasciitis to flare up. This can also happen if you wear ill-fitting shoes or regularly wear high heels. We can also guide you to shoes that fit properly, as well as additional orthotic arch support, like custom inserts.
Night splints are designed to reduce the pain and inflammation of your plantar fascia. As the name suggests, they are worn at night while you sleep. Night splints may take some adjusting to at first since they stretch your calf muscles and tendons. Over time, they will resolve your plantar fasciitis and prevent further inflammation.
Due to their anti-inflammatory capabilities, steroid injections are often an excellent short-term option for alleviating plantar fasciitis pain. Though steroid injections are not a cure for the condition, they generally help decrease your discomfort as our New York podiatrists use additional methods to treat your plantar fasciitis.
Though this is not the most common option, physical therapy is a possibility for treating your plantar fasciitis.
When you visit our podiatrists for physical therapy, we will lead you in exercises targeting your calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia.
Your shoes can be made more comfortable by using orthotics that offer arch support.
Our podiatrists can prescribe you custom orthotics or guide you to over-the-counter ones, allowing you to wear your shoes without further inflaming your plantar fascia.
In rare cases when patients cannot find lasting relief from other methods, we may recommend plantar fascia surgery.
Once your surgery is complete, you can go home to rest that day. It is a fairly routine procedure, and most patients experience good outcomes.
Just like people who wear nightly retainers or use CPAP machines as they sleep, it can take time to get used to wearing night splints. Eventually, your body will get used to your night splints, but some initial discomfort is normal.
Our New York podiatrists can also give you tips on staying comfortable as you wear your night splints. This includes practicing good sleep hygiene and using a calming lavender pillow mist. That way, you can finally find long-term relief from your plantar fasciitis.
In addition to visiting our podiatrists, there are a few ways you can manage the pain and other side effects of your plantar fasciitis.
It can take time to fully treat your plantar fasciitis. In the meantime, you can use an ice pack sparingly, for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time, to help decrease the discomfort.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can reduce the discomfort and inflammation that you are feeling. Make sure to talk to us first before taking any medication.
For those who like to wear high heels or who have tighter shoes, this may contribute to your plantar fasciitis. Wearing flat, well-fitted shoes can decrease the pain along your plantar fascia and heel bone.
Running, especially on harder surfaces, is one of the biggest causes of heel pain and plantar fasciitis. It's usually best to take a break from running. You may be able to do low-impact exercises, like swimming, if cleared by your doctor.
Seeking care for plantar fasciitis sooner rather than later can improve your outcome.
Plantar fasciitis treatment is often covered at least partially by insurance. Insurance companies recognize that injured tendons, heels, and plantar fascia can lead to worse health problems later down the line.
Our New York City, NY, office accepts most insurances, such as Cigna®, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and The Empire Plan. You can always contact our friendly office staff if you have any questions.