If you have pain in your heel that’s particularly intense when you first take steps in the morning, you may have the common, painful condition known as plantar fasciitis. At the practice of Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein provide state-of-the-art therapies to treat this chronic condition. If you live in the Inwood-Washington Heights sections of Manhattan, New York, or the Rockland County area, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment to resolve your pain so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that reaches from your heels to your toes. When the tissues that support the muscles and arch of your foot are damaged from overstretching, it leads to inflammation and chronic pain.
Women tend to develop the injury more than men. People who are overweight or who spend a lot of time on their feet are also at risk. Other factors that contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis include:
Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue — such as long-distance running, ballistic jumping activities, ballet dancing, and aerobic dance — can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is usually a stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot, near the heel.
You may feel it most intensely when you first get out of bed in the morning; it may also be severe when you stand up after an extended period of inactivity. You may feel the pain resolve slightly during exercise, only to come on worse afterward.
At Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, the doctors provide several therapies to treat plantar fasciitis. In its initial stages, treatment includes:
If these fail to resolve your pain, the doctors may recommend ultrasound-guided needle injections of stem cells, which prompt your body’s healing capabilities to relieve your pain. Stem cells are specialized cells that replicate themselves to induce healing and the regeneration of healthy tissue.
On-site X-ray services may reveal that you’ve developed a heel spur in conjunction with plantar fasciitis. This calcium deposit that creates a bony protrusion under your heel bone contributes to pain.
Many of the stretching exercises, orthotics, and night splints offered to treat plantar fasciitis can treat an inflamed heel spur. Stem cell injections are also an effective therapy for heel spurs.
If you have heel pain, don’t suffer. Call or go online to make an appointment at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC today.