Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Plantar fasciitis pain on the bottoms of your feet, especially in the heels, usually only gets worse without some level of care. At Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the team helps you ease your pain with nonsurgical treatments like ultrasound therapy and custom orthotics. To find out more about plantar fasciitis and the available treatments, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or request an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition characterized by heel pain. This happens when a ligament on the bottom of your foot, called the plantar fascia, tears and becomes inflamed. Then, it’s slow to heal because of the constant pressure on your foot from standing and walking. 

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common complaints in podiatry. You’re at higher-than-average risk of getting it if you’re overweight, obese, or pregnant. You’re also at a higher risk if you stay active by running long distances or if your job requires long hours on your feet. Structural issues, like high arches or flat feet, can lead to plantar fasciitis too. 

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of your foot, especially in your heel. The pain can be dull or sharp but is often most acute in the morning when you wake up. Standing or sitting for long periods can aggravate the pain, but changing positions often can help ease it. Surprisingly, you might not feel much pain from plantar fasciitis during activity. Instead, you feel the pain right after you stop moving.

If you have plantar fasciitis for a long time, the pain might cause you to walk differently than normal. With a different weight distribution, you might begin to feel pain elsewhere in your body too. You might feel pain in your knees, hips, back, and other areas. 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York helps you learn to manage your plantar fasciitis and to relieve the pain and swelling. Typically, treatment begins with conservative measures. The team might tell you to rest, use ice, and take anti-inflammatory medications at home for relief. 

If home care doesn’t work, the team might recommend ultrasound treatments at Professional Podiatry Services of New York. Ultrasound energy, or sound waves, are highly effective in promoting healing in deep tissues. The team makes a small incision and guides a probe through it to reach your plantar fascia. The probe emits ultrasound energy while simultaneously sucking diseased tissue away from the area. After they close the incision, you might need to wear a walking boot for several days as you heal. 

Other treatments available for plantar fasciitis include stem cell therapy and custom orthotics for better support. 

To find out how you can treat your plantar fasciitis pain, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or book an appointment online today.