Podiatry Healthcare Associates
Maurice Betesh, DPM
Foot & Ankle Specialist located in Midwood, Clinton Hills, & Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY
If you’re terrified to stand when you wake up because you know that horrible heel pain is coming, plantar fasciitis is a very likely cause. The skilled board-certified podiatrist at Podiatry Healthcare Associates, Maurice Betesh, DPM, has the plantar fasciitis treatments you need to heal your damaged plantar fascia ligament and permanently end the miserable symptoms. Call the Midwood, Clinton Hills, or Marine Park, Brooklyn, New York City, location, or click online booking now.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation within the connective tissue band on the bottom of your foot. This tissue, a ligament known as the plantar fascia, can develop a series of small tears and may also tighten to cause heel pain and other symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.
What are the signs that I have plantar fasciitis?
The first sign of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom part of your heel. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers call the pain sharp and intense, but it could also be duller in some cases. The pain is normally bad when you first step out of bed and then lessens after you've walked a bit.
This happens because your inflamed plantar fascia grows tighter during any period of rest, and stepping on the inflamed ligament forces it to expand quickly, pulling on your heel and stressing the already irritated tissue to cause pain.
Many plantar fasciitis sufferers also describe a feeling of heel stiffness, so you might feel like your heel doesn’t move as smoothly as it usually does if you have plantar fasciitis.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Your plantar fascia absorbs stress and strain every day because of its location in your body. But, it's designed to bear normal body weight stress rather than extreme pressure or strain.
Any type of extra pressure or strain, including extra weight and regular long-distance running, can trigger your body's injury response: inflammation. The inflammation, which happens in the form of the microtears characteristic of plantar fasciitis, is what causes the pain of plantar fasciitis.
Is there a plantar fasciitis cure?
At Podiatry Healthcare Associates, Dr. Betesh has a variety of plantar fasciitis solutions, so he can tailor a treatment approach for you. Your treatment could include any or all of the following.
- Custom orthotics to relieve plantar fascia pressure
- Night splint to elongate your plantar fascia
- Exercises to stretch your plantar fascia
- Shockwave therapy to stimulate plantar fascia healing
- Cortisone injections to alleviate inflammation and pain
Dr. Betesh may also recommend surgery like plantar fascia release, in which he partially disconnects your plantar fascia from your heel to relieve tension if you don’t get favorable results with conservative treatments.
Use the online appointment maker or call Podiatry Healthcare Associates for prompt and compassionate plantar fasciitis treatment.