Heel Pain Manhattan
If you woke up this morning and your heel was hurting, then you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation that involves the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissues on the bottom of the foot going from the heel to the toes, and what happens is as you walk, your foot is pretty dynamic and your foot stretches. As the foot stretches, it pulls that ligament off the heel bone, and that pulling off the heel bone builds up to the point where you develop inflammation, and you may even develop calcification of the ligament, which is known as a heel spur. This is a very, very common condition that we see every day in the office and this is very readily treated. This is one of the most common conditions that is treated in the office, and it can be treated very easily with conservative methods usually involving stretching exercises, some basic things that you can do at home, as well as some treatments that we can do in the office that are not as painful and as horrible as you might have heard. This is something that people come in for everyday, and sometimes treating it is as simple as changing your shoes or putting a special support inside your shoe known as an orthotic. A custom orthotic is a custom made arch support which we design for your foot specifically, and it will provide arch support as well as balance for your heel. This will also help to balance out your entire lower extremity and it will relieve many painful foot conditions including plantar fasciitis as well as other conditions. In a lot of cases, it also relieves knee, hip and back pain by balancing out your lower extremity. There are other conservative treatments available, most of our patients do really well with the conservative treatments that we do in the office, which may include basic in-office physical therapy, it may include some injections which are certainly not as painful as you might think and work really well to relieve your pain and to jump start your pain relief, and in some cases, surgery may be indicated, although surgery is somewhat rarely performed for plantar fasciitis. So, if you are suffering with plantar fasciitis, I would invite you to contact me or to come into the office so we can talk further about some conservative treatments that’ll make you feel a lot better and get you on the road to pain free walking and activity.