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Plantar Fasciitis Specialists in Manhattan, NYC

Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is most painful with your first steps in the morning and is most common in runners, people who are overweight, pregnant women, and people who wear shoes with inadequate support.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Sharp pain in the heel of your foot
  • Pain developing gradually over time
  • Usually affects just one foot but it can occur in both feet at the same time
  • Pain is typically the worst in the morning, after long periods of standing or from getting up from a seated position
  • Knee pain can also be associated with plantar fasciitis, especially in runners

Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

There are several factors that may put you at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. These risk factors include:

  • Age: Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60
  • Sex: affects more women than men
  • Exercise: Certain types of exercise may cause stress on your heel and the attached tissue, which can contribute to plantar fasciitis. Some of these activities include – long-distance running and ballet dancing
  • Genetics: Being flat-footed or having a high arch can affect the way your weight is distributed when you are standing
  • Obesity: Extra pounds can cause stress on your plantar fascia
  • Occupations: Certain occupations where you are required to stand for long periods of time such as factory workers and waitresses can cause damage to you plantar fascia
  • Shoes: Some shoes that have a thin sole or lack arch support can cause strain on the tissue around your heel


Plantar Fasciitis Treatments & Medications

Complications can result if plantar fasciitis is left untreated. It is possible to develop foot knee, hip or back problems as a result. Common plantar fasciitis treatments include OTC medication, therapy, and in extreme cases surgery, which is very successful with about a 90 percent recovery rate. Additional ways to reduce include:

  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs: Ibuprofen and naproxen may alleviate pain and inflammation; however, they will not treat the underlying problem.
  • Corticosteroids: This type of medication may be administered topically or through an injection.

Therapies & Surgical Procedures

  • Physical Therapy: With exercise and stretching the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon you can strengthen your lower leg muscles in order to stabilize your ankle and heel.
  • Night Splints: While you sleep, wearing a splint around your calf and foot, which holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position will help to stretch the tissue.
  • Orthotics: Arch supports or orthotics will help distribute pressure more evenly on your feet.
  • Plantar Fascia Release: This procedure relieves pain and pressure by allowing more space for the inflamed muscle belly.


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