By Parkway Podiatry
July 11, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Heel pain is one of the most common podiatry complaints. Your feet bear the weight of your entire body as you walk and engage in sports and physical activity, so your heels are especially susceptible to strain and stress injuries over time. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Dr. Gary Saphire, a podiatrist in Brooklyn, NY, offers treatment for heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries and conditions.

Heel Pain Relief and Treatment in Brooklyn, NY

The plantar fascia is a long band of ligament that extends from the heel to the base of the toe, supporting the arches in your feet and providing shock absorption when you walk or run. Small tears and strain to the plantar fascia can result in inflammation (plantar fasciitis).

Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but there are a few factors that can increase your risk such as:

  • Spending a lot of time on your feet
  • Age (plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 - 60)
  • Activities that place repeated pressure on strain on your feet such as distance running, dancing, or playing basketball)
  • Flat foot or a very high arch
  • Being excessively overweight or obese, which adds additional strain and pressure on your joints and feet

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis and is a stabbing pain in the heel, which typically feels worse first thing in the morning, after long periods of sitting or standing, or after exercise and physical activity (not during).

If you think you have plantar fasciitis, the podiatrist will perform a physical exam and may recommend imaging tests to rule out a fracture or other injury. Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treat conservatively with rest, icing the heel, and taking ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling. The podiatrist may also recommend orthotics or night splints for arch support.

Find a Podiatrist in Brooklyn, NY

For more information about the causes and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and heel pain, contact Parkway Podiatry by calling (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saphire today.