Plantar fasciitis causes pain and tenderness in the bottom of your heel that can make it hard to walk. Jason Cohen, DPM, and Sandeep Garcha, DPM, of Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, make sure that your heel pain isn’t due to another cause. They provide timely treatment to relieve your symptoms. The practice has six offices in New York City’s Bronx borough, one in Jamaica, Queens, and another in Nanuet, New York. Call the office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Plantar fasciitis affects the tough connective tissue (the plantar fascia, a ligament) that runs along the bottom of your foot. It’s a common cause of heel pain.
The plantar fascia starts at your heel bone, runs under and supports your arch, and extends to your toes. Putting too much stress on your plantar fascia irritates and inflames the ligament. Without treatment, plantar fasciitis can lead to a permanent weakening of the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis causes intense pain in the bottom of your heel. There might be some swelling and redness too.
The pain tends to get worse after you’ve been off your feet for a while. That’s why many people find that it’s particularly bad when they get out of bed in the morning. Once you start moving around, the pain usually eases off but returns if you continue to walk.
The pain can become so severe that it makes walking difficult. But resting the foot usually relieves your symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis develops when there’s too much strain on your plantar fascia. This could be due to:
Frequently walking on hard surfaces can also increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
When you first develop symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you should try to rest the foot and avoid anything that makes your pain worse. Applying ice packs can help by reducing inflammation. It’s also important to check your shoes, making sure that they provide good arch support and cushion your feet effectively.
Your Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, provider can show you exercises and stretches that reduce inflammation and strengthen your foot and lower leg muscles. They also fit splints you wear at night to stretch your calf and arch while you sleep.
Orthotics are often highly effective in relieving plantar fasciitis symptoms. These specially designed shoe inserts offer the best support to your arches to reduce the stress on your plantar fascia. Radiofrequency ablation and radial shockwave therapy can help if other treatments aren’t working.