If you have ongoing heel pain, especially if it’s worse when you take your first steps in the morning, there’s a good chance you have plantar fasciitis. The team of board-certified podiatrists at Forward Foot & Ankle Associates provide expert care for plantar fasciitis at their two offices in Midtown Manhattan and Staten Island, New York. Plantar fasciitis only gets worse if you keep walking without getting treatment, so don’t wait to schedule an evaluation. Call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation in a band of connective tissue running along the bottom of your foot. This tissue, the plantar fascia, begins as a wide band at your heel, then divides into five narrow bands that connect to each toe.
The plantar fascia has several essential jobs, including absorbing shock when you walk and supporting the arch. As a result, it takes on a lot of stress that can lead to inflammation.
The stress of repeatedly using your foot every day is the top cause of plantar fasciitis. This type of overuse injury gradually causes inflammation.
The following conditions also increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis:
After plantar fasciitis develops, the inflamed tissues weaken and can easily tear. Without treatment, what starts as a small tear progressively enlarges.
Sharp heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. Your pain usually feels worse when you start walking in the morning or after resting, then improves as you keep moving.
You may feel pain in the arch or develop swelling in your heel. Plantar fasciitis pain is typically worse after you finish exercising (instead of during activities).
The team at Forward Foot & Ankle Associates begins your treatment with rest or immobilizing your foot. This gives the plantar fascia time to heel without ongoing stress.
You may also need conservative treatments, such as:
If your pain doesn’t improve, your provider may recommend:
Don’t wait to seek help for heel pain. Call Forward Foot & Ankle Associates or request an appointment online today.