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 Murray Hill, Midtown East, Financial District, 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 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.
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.
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.
Most patients who develop plantar fasciitis are between 40 and 60.
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.
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.
Any extra weight increases your risk for plantar fasciitis. Obese patients have an especially high risk of developing this condition.
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.
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:
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.