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Plantar Fasciitis is a Common Cause of Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It typically causes stabbing pain near the heel, especially with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of rest. This condition often occurs due to repetitive strain or overuse, leading to micro-tears in the plantar fascia. Estimates suggest that approximately ten percent of the population may experience plantar fasciitis at some point in their lives. Treatment under a podiatrist's care may involve a combination of strategies, including rest, stretching exercises, custom-made orthotic devices, wearing supportive footwear, and in some cases, corticosteroid injections. The approach may vary depending on the severity of symptoms and whether the condition is primarily inflammatory or degenerative. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan that is right for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Charles Passet, DPM  from Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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