3 Questions to Ask About Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and have questions about it, we have got answers for you. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in New York City.
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If you’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a while now, then you know how difficult it can be, but you might not know about your treatment options. This is something we can help with here at New York Foot Experts. We can also provide plantar fasciitis treatment in New York, NY, so reach out to us or read on to learn more about how we can help and your different options for treatment with us!
Patients who suspect they may have plantar fasciitis can be diagnosed by a podiatrist like ours here at New York Foot Experts. The first step is for the podiatrist to examine the patient’s medical history and provide a physical exam. In this exam, the doctor will check for areas of tenderness in the patient’s foot, and may suggest an X-ray or MRI rule out other possible issues, like a stress fracture or bone spur. The location of the patient’s pain can be enough to determine its cause, so usually, no tests are necessary.
With most patients, most of the time, treatment for plantar fasciitis is conservative, with resting, icing, and stretching. Recovery can take several months, but for some patients, even longer. Pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc.) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can ease pain and inflammation, and prescription pain relievers may help even more. For the quickest recovery, various therapies can help a great deal. These include:
⦁ Physical therapy – With a series of exercises, the patient can stretch the plantar fascia and ⦁ Achilles tendon, as well as strengthen lower leg muscles. Athletic taping to support the bottom of the foot can help too. A physical therapist or even a podiatrist can provide these services.
⦁ Night splints – Wearing a splint at night that stretches the calf and arch of the foot can help in many cases. The splint also holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position which can promote stretching.
⦁ Orthotics – Another one of the services a podiatrist can easily provide. Off-the-shelf or custom-fitted arch supports (orthotics) can help distribute pressure to the feet more evenly.
Here at New York Foot Experts, we take the conservative approach to podiatry, so we’ll recommend any of the treatment options above before we recommend other treatments like surgery. For some patients, surgery or another treatment might be the most effective option. What follows are descriptions of these other treatments, including surgery:
⦁ Injections – For temporary pain relief, injections of steroid medication can work well. PRP therapy can help to promote tissue healing.
⦁ Extracorporeal shock wave therapy – This procedure for chronic plantar fasciitis directs sound waves at the painful area to help stimulate healing.
⦁ Ultrasonic tissue repair – Using ultrasound imaging, a tiny probe is guided into the damaged tissue, and then, using ultrasound energy, the probe tip vibrates to break up the damaged tissue and suction it out.
⦁ Surgery – As this option is invasive, it’s a final resort when pain is severe and other treatments haven’t worked. Few people actually need surgery for their plantar fasciitis. Surgery for plantar fasciitis uses local anesthesia and isn’t especially invasive.
Yes, we do! At New York Foot Experts, our podiatrist is Dr. Daniel Drapacz DPM, and he is more than capable of providing any treatment you require for your plantar fasciitis or other foot-related condition. Call us today to learn more, or to book a consultation with the doctor. He’d be happy to provide his diagnosis and treatment services to help you with your pain and condition. We hope to hear from you soon at New York Foot Experts! For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in New York City. We serve patients from Wall Street Financial District NY, Harlem NY, Midtown NY, Lower Manhattan NY, Brooklyn NY, and Yorkville NY.