Heel Pain Doctor in NYC
What is heel pain/plantar fasciitis?
At the base of your foot, you have what is known as plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that connects the center of your foot and the base of your toes to your heel. Your plantar fascia plays a key role in providing your feet with arch support and absorbing shock. When your plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis.
What causes heel pain/plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis, commonly associated with heel spurs, is the result of frequent stress or tension placed on your feet that causes the plantar fascia to stretch or tear and become inflamed. Certain factors that may cause plantar fasciitis include:
- Being between the ages of 40 and 60
- Taking part in certain physical activities
- Inheriting certain foot characteristics, such as a having a high arch
- Standing on your feet for long durations of time
- Being overweight
What are the symptoms of heel pain/plantar fasciitis?
The major symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience heel pain as soon as you take your first steps of the day. The pain may also occur after you have been standing for a long time or when you first stand up after you have been sitting down for a long time. You may also experience pain in your heel after you have been exercising.
How is heel pain/plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
To diagnose whether you have plantar fasciitis, your doctor will examine the affected areas of your foot. To help confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may also suggest that an X-ray or MRI be taken.
Can plantar fasciitis lead to complications if left untreated?
Left untreated, plantar fasciitis may lead to other conditions affecting the feet, hips, knees, or back.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
With time and appropriate self-care remedies, plantar fasciitis will typically diminish without surgery. Your doctor may recommend the following conservative treatment options for plantar fasciitis:
- Getting an appropriate amount of foot rest
- Using shoes that have proper arch support and a proper heel height
- Icing the area in which you are experiencing pain
- Certain foot-related exercises and stretches
- Applying athletic taping to provide additional support to your foot
- Using night splints or custom-fitted arch supports
If the above recommendations do not help alleviate your pain, your doctor may suggest certain treatment options or procedures, such as:
- Medical injections
- Tenex procedure
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
- Surgery to separate the plantar fascia from your heel bone
If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Isaacson today. With 80 years in practice, locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, experience across a range of podiatric specialties, and state-of-the-art treatment options, our mission is to provide high-quality podiatric education, information, and care to patients in a convenient, comfortable setting. Call our Manhattan location 212.420.6002, our Bronx location 718.863.3338, or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.