Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that affects the soles of the feet. Those with Brooklyn plantar fasciitis suffer from an inflammation of the fascia, the tough band of tissues that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. Symptoms include slight pain at the heel bone that occurs early in the morning or after long periods of sitting. Those who are overweight or do a lot of standing or walking can sometimes suffer from this condition. It can also result from having flat feet or high arches, running for exercise or strenuous walking. Waking up in the morning can be painful, as the patient may have severe pain in their heel upon first walking.
Brooklyn plantar fasciitis should be treated right away so that it does not become chronic. As time goes on, it can result in knee, hip, back and foot problems and issues with walking. Treatments include anti-inflammatory medications and stretching. Stretching can go a long way and can reduce the chances that the plantar fasciitis will act up again. Staying off feet while applying ice daily can help relieve symptoms, as can taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as naproxen or ibuprofen. Exercises include stretching the foot arch with knee bent, fully extending knees, leaning forward and stretching the arch, and holding positions to help relax the foot. 90% of people who have plantar fasciitis improve after just a few months of treatment. For more information, call Dr. Howard Dinowitz to find out how we can help you heal your plantar fasciitis.
Other treatments for more severe Brooklyn plantar fasciitis include wearing shoes with shock-absorbing soles or fitted with a shoe insert. If symptoms continue, a walking case may be helpful for a couple weeks. Sometimes a sleeping splint that positions the foot properly also helps. For chronic conditions, surgery is an option, although we try the path of least resistance first when treating this common condition. Also, added arch support inserts that cushion the foot can be of great help. There are over the counter inserts as well as custom made inserts. During your consultation, we will discuss both options with you and help you decide what the best course of treatment is.