Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition which affects more than 3 million people each year. This condition is caused by inflammation to the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to tarsal bones located towards the front of the foot. Plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the tarsal (foot) bones. This plantar fascia helps maintain and support the arch of your foot. If you strain this fascial tissue it becomes inflamed and foot pain develops which is worsened with standing and walking.
Our Rego Park physical therapists have years of experience treating this condition typically with excellent results. However, occasionally an individual will benefit from a foot orthotic (insert) or cortisone injection. We don’t perform cortisone injections in our office for plantar fasciitis but work with excellent podiatrists in the area who do. If we cannot get you better we will always refer you to somebody who can. Call today 718-866-3738
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Plantar Fasciitis is a foot condition where the fascia tissues that supports the arch and muscles of the foot causing the muscles and tissues to stretch resulting in small tears that cause inflammation and pain in your heel. The pain from Plantar Fasciitis can be quite severe especially first thing in the morning, when standing up after sitting for long periods, or when standing for periods of time.
Plantar Fasciitis is often caused by wearing worn out shoes with thin soles, high heels or the tightening of Achilles tendons. It can also be caused by activities such as long-distance running, ballet or aerobic dancing, being flat footed or having an high arch. Plantar Fasciitis usually occurs in people between the age of 40 and 60.
Plantar Fasciitis Doctors Near Me
There are a number of different doctors capable of treating your Plantar Fasciitis so finding a Plantar Fasciitis doctor should be relatively easy. In most cases your regular doctor has seen and treated enough cases that he can easily treat this condition or you can find a Doctor who specializes in sports medicine as well as a doctor of orthopedics or a podiatrist, which is a foot doctor for plantar fasciitis treatment.
In many cases, any doctor you go to will recommend you see a physical therapist to aid in the recovery of Plantar Fasciitis.
Choosing a professional and reputable physical therapy treatment center with skilled and experienced therapists as your Plantar Fasciitis clinic will make it easier for you to find a Plantar Fasciitis therapist with a great deal of knowledge and experience in treating this painful foot condition.
Physical therapy for your Plantar Fasciitis won’t all be a about various exercises although stretches should be a part of your therapy less active therapy may be performed. For example your physical therapist may recommend using heat or ice packs or anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce inflammation in your foot.
Your therapist will combine this type of treatment with activities to stretch and strengthen you Plantar Fascia, Achilles tendon and lower leg muscles to help prevent the condition from returning. Your physical therapist may also massage certain areas of the foot and ankle as well.
Your physical therapist will also devise a therapy plan for you to follow at home to help you in the healing process. Following this plan will aid in faster healing and better overall relief from pain.
The length of time it will take to recover from your plantar fasciitis will depend on how severe your injury is and how long you have had the condition prior to seeking help. However, if your doctor or physical therapist does not feel that you are progressing as you should then shock wave therapy or surgery may be the next option. Of course you will return to physical therapy after the surgery in order to give you the best chance of recovery.
The sooner you seek medical attention for that pain in the heel and get a clear diagnosis of the cause the better chance you have making a full recovery sooner rather than later.