Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Innjea Park, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Innjea Park, DPM

Podiatrist located in Staten Island, NY & Grand Central, New York, NY

If you’ve got terrible heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. This condition may grow so serious that it makes walking or standing nearly impossible if you don’t get help. Fortunately, Innjea Park, DPM, is a highly experienced New York podiatrist who’s ready to help those in the Grand Central, Financial District, Brooklyn, and Staten Island areas. Dr. Park uses highly advanced technology to relieve even the most severe plantar fasciitis pain for good. Book an appointment online now or call the office to schedule a visit.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that happens when you have damaged connective tissues in your foot. The big piece of the ligament that connects your heel and toes, the plantar fascia, gets highly inflamed and sustains many microtears. This can cause severe pain and may render you nearly unable to walk at times.

What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?

The main sign of plantar fasciitis is shooting or stabbing heel pain. Some patients also have a burning sensation in the heel. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers have the worst pain when taking their first steps of the day.

What are the risk factors for plantar fasciitis?

While plantar fasciitis doesn't always have an obvious cause, most patients who develop this condition fall into one or more of the following risk groups.

Age

Most patients who develop plantar fasciitis are between 40 and 60.

Athletics

If you're an athlete, you're more prone to plantar fasciitis, especially if you run or do another exercise that puts stress on your heels.

Irregular foot construction

If you have flat feet or a high arch, your plantar fascia gets extra stress just because of your foot construction. This can lead to plantar fasciitis, especially if you have other risk factors as well.

Extra weight

Any extra weight increases your risk for plantar fasciitis. Obese patients have an especially high risk of developing this condition.

Occupation-related foot strain

If your job requires you to stand for long periods, particularly if you're on hard surfaces, your risk for plantar fasciitis increases.

Many patients who develop plantar fasciitis are in more than one risk group.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

As an expert podiatrist, Dr. Park knows how to help with your foot pain. He performs an ultrasound to check for any abnormality or tear. If your ultrasound reveals that you don’t have plantar fasciitis, Dr. Park can give you corticosteroid injections for symptom relief.

If you do have plantar fasciitis, treatment options can include:

  • Temporary arch pads followed by custom orthotics
  • Cortisone shot for pain relief
  • Lifestyle adjustments, such as less standing, avoiding over-exercising, and weight loss
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote healing (Grand Central location)
  • Laser therapy to encourage natural plantar fascia regeneration (Grand Central location)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound to encourage healing starting from the first visit
  • Surgery for severe plantar fasciitis pain

You may need just one of these treatments, but many patients benefit from a combination approach.

If you have terrible plantar fasciitis pain, get help now. Use online booking or call for an appointment today.