Approximately 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis each year. If left untreated, the condition can lead to further long-term issues, such as knee, hip, and back pain. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue lining the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated due to too much strain. Those who are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis have flat feet or either high arches.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· 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 New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.