Roughly two million Americans seek treatment for plantar fasciitis in a given year. If you’re suffering from arch and heel pain, especially when you take your first few steps after getting out of bed, it’s time to have a plantar fasciitis evaluation at Foot Pain Doctor NY in Midtown East, New York City. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation through the website, or call the office directly to schedule an exam.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition that means you have inflammation of your plantar fascia. This long ligament band runs across the bottoms of your feet to support your arches and connects at your heel bones and toes. It’s partially because of your plantar fascia that your weight can be evenly distributed across your feet for optimal balance. 

Your plantar fascia can withstand all of your body weight, in addition to the added force from walking, jumping, or running. But over time, the repeated stretching and contracting motions can irritate your plantar fascia and lead to plantar fasciitis. 

This painful foot condition commonly affects runners, although your risk of plantar fasciitis is also increased due to:

  • Obesity
  • Flat feet 
  • High arches 
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Changing your workout intensity

Plantar fasciitis is sometimes linked to the development of heel spurs, too. Because plantar fasciitis is known for causing pain and discomfort, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms, so you know when it’s time to see your podiatrist. 

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

The foot pain you experience with plantar fasciitis, especially heel pain, most commonly occurs when you get out of bed. Your plantar fascia hasn’t had a chance to stretch out all night and suddenly putting all of your body weight on your feet can force an immediate, painful strain on connective tissues.

Depending on the severity of your case of plantar fasciitis, you may also experience:

  • Ankle instability
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness 
  • Swelling 

Occasionally, plantar fasciitis causes you to suffer from agonizing foot pain right after you work out. No matter how minor or how severe your plantar fasciitis symptoms may be, you can expect comprehensive care at Foot Pain Doctor NY.

Is there an effective plantar fasciitis treatment?

Yes! The leading podiatrists at Foot Pain Doctor NY approach plantar fasciitis from a holistic standpoint. They treat you as a whole and not only help you recover from serious foot pain, but also focus on promoting healing. Your plantar fasciitis treatment plan may include:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Weight loss planning 
  • Shoe modifications
  • Injection therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Daily stretching
  • Regular icing 

These are just some of the conservative plantar fasciitis treatments that may benefit you. If you have an injury to your plantar fascia or a heel spur that’s causing the inflammation, your dedicated podiatrist at Foot Pain Doctor NY could recommend surgery to make any essential repairs. 

You can conveniently schedule a plantar fasciitis evaluation at Foot Pain Doctor NY right online, or you can call the office to speak with a team member.