This common condition is a leading cause of heel pain. Patients come to Dr. Shazia Amar at Artisan Podiatry in Brooklyn to find relief from plantar fasciitis. This condition is also known as heel spur syndrome. Dr. Amar will examine each patient’s foot and ankle thoroughly to identify the precise cause of his or her heel pain and suggest the right type of treatment. Fortunately, this podiatry issue has a range of treatment options, allowing patients to get back to their active lives.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is caused by small tears in the plantar fascia, which is the tendon that supports the arch in the foot. Those tears can lead to inflammation and irritation, which causes pain. Plantar fasciitis can develop at any age, but it’s particularly common among patients between the ages of 40 and 60. Often, people who have occupations or hobbies that keep them on their feet or involve significant stress to the heel will develop plantar fasciitis. Being overweight can also lead to foot and heel problems, as the structures of the foot are asked to perform their function under an additional burden. Dr. Amar is usually able to diagnose plantar fasciitis by discussing the patient’s history and examining the affected area, without the need for imaging tests.
A number of approaches can be taken to relieve pain and return the heel to normal function. Some patients respond well to a combination of physical therapy and the use of a special splint worn during sleep. Others will require corticosteroid shots, or they may be interested in a special type of shock-wave therapy that could help those who experience chronic plantar fasciitis. Physical therapy and special exercises can include: