Foot pain makes it difficult to walk and perform your everyday activities. If you’re looking to re-establish your foot health, you should visit Complete Foot and Ankle. Specialists Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS; Michelle Suh, DPM, ABPM; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, offer the most effective, up-to-date therapies for plantar fasciitis so you can be comfortable in your shoes again. If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, call or use the online scheduler to get an appointment at the Ridgewood or Newark, New Jersey location.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects your plantar fascia, a supportive ligament at the bottom of your foot that connects the heel to the toes and supports your arch.
Most of the time, the plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber when you put pressure on it. But if you put too much stress on it, the plantar fascia develops small tears and becomes inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis develops as a result of the inflammation and resultant heel pain. The stabbing heel pain usually hurts worse after inactivity, such as sleeping or sitting, and improves once you start moving around.
What is the risk of developing plantar fasciitis?
The following risk factors make it easier to develop plantar fasciitis:
- High impact sports or exercise, such as running and ballet
- Jobs that require you to stand for long periods on hard surfaces
- Footwear with inadequate support
- Excess weight
- Tight calf muscles
- Flat feet or high arches
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
The podiatrists at Complete Foot and Ankle suggest simple strategies at the beginning of treatment to see how well they work for you. They start with rest, ice, NSAIDs, and non-invasive physical therapies and only progress to more invasive therapies if those don’t provide relief.
Your podiatrist may try athletic taping, night splints, and custom-fitted orthotics to alleviate extra pressure on your feet. They may also suggest working in conjunction with a physical therapist to help stretch and strengthen the foot.
Injections are usually the next step in the natural progression of treatment. For example, cortisone injections provide potent anti-inflammatory relief. Platelet-rich plasma injections are another option, supplying the foot with growth factors to speed healing.
Extracorporeal shockwave and Tenex therapies provide two more minimally invasive options. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy involves sending sound waves into the foot to stimulate healing, while Tenex uses ultrasonic energy to destroy scar tissue.
As a last resort, your podiatrist may suggest plantar fascia release surgery to detach the plantar fascia or gastrocnemius recession to lengthen the calf muscle.
More than 90% of patients find relief after starting on a simple treatment plan, so there’s no reason to put off getting the help you need right away: Contact Complete Foot and Ankle online or over the phone to set up an appointment.