Gotham Footcare, New York City Top Podiatrist group 2018, 2019 & 2020 lead by Dr. Miguel Cunha an ABPM (American Board of Podiatric Medicine) Certified Surgical Podiatrist and founder of Gotham Footcare on 5th Avenue, Midtown NYC & TriBeca, Downtown New York City have been relieving New Yorkers and international travellers of Plantar Fasciitis. Gotham Footcare utilizes a wide range of proven methods to treat plantar fasciitis that range from conservative solutions, cutting edge minimally invasive treatments to surgical procedures as a last resort.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Each year, millions of Americans search for a foot specialist to help with pain in their heels. This pain is primarily caused by plantar fasciitis. Located towards the front of your heel, the plantar fascia is a shock-absorbing bowstring like thick ligament connecting your heel to your toes. When you stand, your arch collapses, causing this bowstring to stretch out, leading to the formation of micro-tears in the ligament, potentially resulting in weakness, swelling, and irritation of the plantar fascia.
As mentioned, plantar fasciitis is the most common reason for the pain of the heels of your feet. But how do you know if you have it? The professionals at Gotham Footcare are here to help you determine whether or not you should call our foot specialists to schedule an appointment. Below are some of the symptoms you will face while experiencing plantar fasciitis:
Pain With First Steps: If you wake up in the morning and dread those first few steps because the pain is so bad, you should give Gotham Footcare a call. We will help you get up and get going in the morning so that you can start your day off the right way.
Pain After Exercising: You won’t experience the pain while working out, but soon after you finish and are in your cool down, it begins. This pain will be shooting through the bottom of your foot and the heel.
Pain While Standing: The pain will begin after standing for an extended amount of time. Most patients mention the pain after standing for at least ten minutes. You can also feel this sting once you stand up after sitting. Most of these patients are in an office setting jobs.
While we will go over particular risk factors below, it should be mentioned that plantar fasciitis can pop up without any apparent cause. As soon as you begin to feel the distinguishable pain starting in your heel and stretching throughout your foot or up the back of your leg. Our foot specialists will help discover the cause and provide you with a personalized treatment plan. Any of the following factors can be the cause of your heel pain issues:
Age: Plantar fasciitis is more common in patients we see from the ages of 40-60. This doesn’t mean you can’t experience the pain in your heels if you are younger or older, but this age range has been known to experience more frequently than others.
Exercise: The onset of plantar fasciitis is caused by activities that require you to be on your feet for longer than usual. Workouts such as long-distance running, barre, ballet, and other aerobic dancing can contribute to the pain in your heel.
Foot Attributes: Several attributes such as flat feet, high arches, and even the way you walk can contribute to your diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. Once you schedule your meeting, we will examine your feet to see if there are any underlying causes for the pain and get your treatment started. We could potentially offer surgery to help.
Obesity: Carrying around that much extra weight can add unnecessary stress to your heels and feet. This stress will manifest itself as plantar fasciitis. Our team will help the best we can to reduce this pain because even specific exercises can lead to further discomfort.
Job: Excessive standing and sitting can both exacerbate your plantar fasciitis can even cause it. Restaurant workers and those in offices are the most affected by this type of pain. However, there are plenty of solutions to get you relief.
There are some treatments and exercises, we can recommend that you do at home, such as stretches, ointments, ice applications, and more. Our team can also help with surgical options if needed in our state-of-the-art facility. We utilize this option as a last resort because we understand the downtime it can cause for our patients. Tenex is another treatment option we offer. This minimally invasive treatment uses ultrasound technology to help treat the damaged tissue. We only need to make a 3mm microincision and use local anesthesia for the procedure. Recovery time is minimal to no downtime with immediate return to work. If conservative treatment options haven't helped, we will suggest this treatment before more invasive surgical options to get rid of your plantar fasciitis.
Living with pain is no fun. In fact, it literally stops you from enjoying all the fun things in life, such as hanging out with friends, going for a long run, or taking your kids to the park. When you begin to feel any issues in your heel or foot, please call the specialists at Gotham Footcare at our Midtown Manhattan or Downtown Manhattan offices. Our team will help get back on your feet in no time.