Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Upper East Side, New York, NY

A likely cause of the pain on the sole of your foot is called plantar fasciitis, and it often comes from overusing the plantar fascia ligament. In a comfortable office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates provides plantar fasciitis treatment using primarily nonsurgical strategies. Learn more about plantar fasciitis and how to ease some of your discomfort by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online today.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fascitiis is a common condition affecting the bottom of your foot, specifically in the area of the heel. The plantar fascia is a long strip of tissue that runs along the sole of your foot. It’s a ligament connecting the heel to the front of your foot, and it plays a role in supporting your arch to help you walk. Plantar fasciitis happens when this ligament becomes inflamed.

You can get plantar fasciitis because of the wear and tear that the plantar fascia accumulates when you stand or walk. You’re especially prone to getting it if you work in a profession that requires you to be on your feet all day. Still, plantar fasciitis can affect almost anyone and the exact cause is often difficult or impossible to identify.

What are the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The main symptom of plantar fasciitis that people with the condition report is pain on the base of your foot around the heel or in the middle of your foot. Most of the time, it affects just one foot but can appear in both at the same time too. The pain you experience varies and can be either dull or sharp.

Most people find certain activities to cause their plantar fasciitis to flare up, such as getting out of bed in the morning or climbing stairs. You might also feel extra plantar fasciitis discomfort after, but not during, sports or physical activity.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates primarily treats plantar fasciitis with nonsurgical methods that reduce inflammation and encourage the ligament to heal on its own.

After performing an examination to locate the pain and assess the condition’s severity, your podiatrist develops a personalized care plan that addresses the impacts that plantar fasciitis has on your day-to-day life. Treatment can help with any discomfort, stiffness, and loss of strength. Your treatment might involve:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy and exercises
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Braces
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotics

You can also ease some of your discomfort at home by giving your foot moderate rest and using ice to reduce some of the inflammation and pain. Rarely, surgery is necessary to release a tense part of the plantar fascia.

To find out more about your options for plantar fasciitis treatment, call Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates or schedule an appointment online today.