If you often experience a constant, stabbing pain in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. The doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York diagnose this condition with a simple physical exam. If heel pain is continuously interfering with your ability to exercise, walk, or even stand, schedule an exam today with one of their experts.
You might experience heel pain when the plantar fascia tissue in your foot becomes inflamed. Over time, consistent irritation of the plantar fascia tissue causes pain to worsen, forcing you to limit physical activities. Although the pain can come and go, often flaring up in the morning or after exercise, it’s important to treat the condition early to avoid future damage.
People who put more pressure on their feet without adequate support are more at risk for heel pain. It’s common for athletes to experience plantar fasciitis, and the condition can lead to weeks of rehabilitation if it’s not treated early. Additionally, you’re more at risk for plantar fasciitis if you are:
The treatment for plantar fasciitis aims to alleviate your pain and address the root cause of your discomfort. Your doctor completes a physical exam, and may order additional imaging, such as an MRI, to confirm the diagnosis. You may be recommended to complete any of the following treatments:
If typical treatments aren’t alleviating your pain, the podiatric specialists at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can discuss other innovative treatments. One option is laser therapy, which uses the FX 635 laser to stimulate circulation and healing. Laser therapy requires sessions twice a week over the course of several weeks. Typically, people see results in less than one month.
If you still aren’t experiencing relief from your pain, our specialists are highly trained in minimally surgical invasive procedures. In the most severe cases, a podiatric surgeon will remove damaged tissue in an endoscopic or open procedure.
Every case is unique, and doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine understand that there are different comfort levels with each treatment. Practitioners will work with you to create a customized plan to treat your plantar fasciitis. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to take the first steps towards treating your heel pain.