Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a tightness and inflammation of the plantar fascia band located on the plantar aspect of the foot and extends from the bottom of the heel to metatarsal region. Pain and discomfort is usually greatest in the morning, after periods of rest, which may improve with a few minutes of walking, stretching or exercising.
Improper stretching, flat foot, and high arches that have not been properly supported are causes of plantar fasciitis. An experienced and caring foot doctor, New York based Progressive Podiatry can help.
For mild to moderate cases, strapping, padding cushioning, stretching exercises, over the counter orthotics, custom orthotics and physical therapy may be recommended. The condition may also be helped by wearing custom shoes and sandals. If conservative treatments fail, you may require injections or surgical intervention such as minimally invasive plantar fascia band release.
If you are living with the pain of plantar fasciitis schedule an appointment with your foot doctor, New York City, Brooklyn based Progressive Podiatry.
A heel spur is a bony projection that often protrudes from the medial calcaneal tubercle on the plantar surface (bottom portion of the heel bone). It causes pressure, pain and inflammation in the heel region which sometimes travels to the rest of the foot and up the leg. Pain is often present when walking or standing and can improve with rest. Some patients may experience a heel spur and plantar fasciitis simultaneously.
A heel spur can be caused by too high or too low an arch which creates increased tension on the heel bone or systemic diseases such as Osteo Arthritis or Sero-Negative Arthritis.
Treatment of heel spurs
Treatments include strapping padding, cushioning, stretching exercises, over the counter orthotics, physical therapy and custom orthotics, shoes or sandals. If conservative treatment of heel spurs is not successful, you may require injections or minimally invasive surgical options such as heel spur correction under fluoroscopy.
Progressive Podiatry’s Park Slope, Brooklyn office offers in-house digital x-ray and a state of the art ultrasound diagnostic machine, so there is no need to travel to another facility.
Alternative treatments include: The Melt Method and Acupuncture.
Progressive Podiatry can help
If you are suffering with plantar fasciitis or require treatment of heel spurs, call us at 718-840-0660 or schedule an appointment online with our experienced and caring foot doctors. Choose from three convenient Brooklyn, New York locations: Park Slope, Bay Ridge, or Mill Basin.