Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis

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.

By Parkway Podiatry
January 27, 2015

Plantar FasciitisAre you walking each day through the streets of Brooklyn with a stabbing pain in your heel? Plantar fasciitis may be the cause. This common condition is often seen among runners and people who are overweight. It involves inflammation of the plantar fasci, and it can be quite painful. Thankfully, there are many ways to treat the pain and to prevent it from worsening.

1. Rest:

The first thing you'll want to do as soon when you begin to feel the first signs of plantar fasciitis is to stop whatever strenuous activity you are doing and rest. This will prevent the heel pain from getting worse.

2. Stretch:

Next, you'll want to stretch your toes, legs and calves. Do these stretches several times a day, especially first thing in the morning and whenever your heels feel especially painful.

3. Wear Good Shoes:

If you don't own one already, you may need to go purchase a nicer pair of shoes that offer more support. This will help cushion you as you walk and provide more relief.

4. Try Sole Inserts:

If a new pair of shoes is outside your budget, or if you can't find any that provide the support you need, a pair of specialized sole inserts are the next best thing.

5. Put Ice on the Affected Area:

If your heel pain is especially troubling, you may want to put ice on the area to help relieve the pain. An over-the-counter pain medication can help too.

6. Visit Parkway Podiatry:

While at-home treatments like resting, stretching and ice can be effective, if they just aren't enough, you may need to visit Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn. The professional podiatrists at Parkway Podiatry can examine your injury and develop the right treatment plan for you.

7. Physical Therapy:

If your heel pain isn't responding to basic measures, your Parkway Podiatry podiatrist may recommend physical therapy. A trained physical therapist will help you do certain stretches and exercises correctly so you can find relief.

8. Wear a Splint:

Your physical therapist may also recommend that you wear a splint, usually at night, to stabilize your foot and leg and to allow your plantar fasciitis to heal.

9. Steroid Shots:

For individuals with severe and persistent plantar fasciitis pain, steroid shots may be the next step. Your doctor will advise you if these are right for you.

10. Surgery:

While no one hopes that you will need surgery, if none of the other treatment options are working, surgery may be used as a last resort. This surgery disconnects your plantar fascia from your heel bone, and it can result in a weakening in the arch of your foot.

Call Parkway Podiatry Today!

While preventing plantar fasciitis will always be the best solution, if you've already developed Brooklyn heel pain, you'll be happy to know that there are several treatment options available to you. Don't live with heel pain any longer. Call Parkway Podiatry to discuss your treatment options today.

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