According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, with approximately two million people seeking treatment every year. When the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed due to stress or tears, it causes pain and stiffness in the heel. Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam offer diagnostic and treatment options for foot and ankle injuries and conditions at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Albany, NY
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel. Unlike other foot injuries, plantar fasciitis associated heel pain is typically felt after long periods of rest, not during movement or physical activity. You may experience heel pain as you get out of bed and take the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting or lying down for long periods of time. You may not have any pain while running or taking a class at the gym, but immediately after your workout. You may also experience pain when you flex your foot.
Causes and Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but there are a few factors that can increase your risk:
- Having flat feet
- Being overweight or obese
- Having a high arch
- Weak supporting muscles in the feet (plantar flexor muscles)
- Strain or tears due to activity like running or standing or walking for long periods of time
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be relieved with conservative treatments like physical therapy, rest, supportive footwear, and assistive devices like orthotics (custom made insoles that go inside the shoes to support the arch) and night splints. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment or ESWT is also an effective treatment option. In more severe cases where conservative treatments are ineffective, your podiatrist may recommend surgical treatment.
Find a Podiatrist in Albany, NY
For more information on prevention and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other common orthopedic injuries, contact Capital Region Foot Care by calling (518) 465-3515 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ginsburg or Dr. Lam today.