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Posts for: January, 2020

All about plantar fasciitis in Levittown, NYThere’s tissue that connects in the foot and supports the foot’s arch. When something affects it, it’s called Plantar Fasciitis and people who get it have pain in the bottom of the foot as well as the heel. It usually starts when they put their feet on the ground and start walking and shows up as pain in the heel.

 

People who usually stand on their feet all day tend to get this problem Fortunately, for most, there are ways to deal with it. 

Read more to learn about how to deal with plantar fasciitis. 

Diagnosis and Treatment

First, the doctor will examine your foot and have you have X-rays and an MRI to rule out things like stress fractures. 

The good news is that most of the people who have plantar fasciitis tend to not need surgery. Instead, they will likely need to do the following: 

  • Resting - This is the best thing to do since it allows the condition to subside. Stay off your feet for as long as possible.
  • Stretching - Doing certain stretches involving the arch of the foot can prevent plantar fasciitis from rearing its head again. It will keep everything loose throughout the day.
  • Icing - People do this to keep any swelling from possibly occurring. Be careful to only do it for 20 minutes at a time to avoid damaging the skin or foot via frostbite.
  • Taking painkillers - These can reduce the discomfort and inflammation - take things like Motrin or Aleve. Do this especially if your job will be difficult about having to stay on your feet instead of being able to sit. 

 

Other Methods

Additionally, once they have done enough of the above, they can proceed to the next set of things, which include: 

  • Night Splints - People wear these while sleeping overnight in order to stretch out their calves and feet
  • Orthotics - Sometimes these can support the arch of the foot, especially those who have flat feet and can give them a curve. These are inserts that can go into regular footwear.
  • Physical Therapy - Seeing a physical therapist can be beneficial - they can perform stretches on you and then show you certain ones you can do in the comfort of your own home to stay on track. 

 

Last-Resort

If the conventional ways do not work, then there are other options, including and up to surgery: 

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy - Shockwaves are sent into the foot to stimulate healing.
  • Injections - A doctor may inject a steroid, but this should not be done often since the fascia can weaken and rupture. Also, there is an option for platelet-rich plasma which can help healing.
  • Surgery -This is the worst-case scenario where all else has failed. The surgeon will detach the fascia from the heel bone. They can do it through a small incision.
  • Ultrasonic Tissue Repair - This is done to break up damaged tissue which is then suctioned out. 

Other things that people can do is watch their weight. Extra pounds can cause extra stress on the feet. They also need to change any athletic shoes that are worn out since they provide no support whatsoever to the feet. They could also do low-impact sports like swimming or biking since neither of those have any impact on the feet, 

Ultimately, this is something that goes away with rest, but there are some people who require surgery. Athletes can have continual problems. NBA player Tyreke Evans lost an entire season due to it in 2011 - it can make running and jumping extremely painful and basketball is a sport predicated on those two. For the vast majority, they will be able to resume normal life. 

Dr. John J Hickey has been working with podiatry patients for many years at Levittown Podiatry and he has helped quite a few of them deal with plantar fasciitis- often without having to use any of the last options. If you feel like you have this and live in the Levittown area, give him a call at 516-735-4545.

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Levittown Podiatry

2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

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