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Michael J. Brunetti, DPM
Podiatrist & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Nearly 80% of all doctor visits related to chronic heel pain are associated with plantar fasciitis. If you're interested in a comprehensive, non-operative approach for your plantar fasciitis, call the office of Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or you can request an appointment online to learn more. Remember, your feet are your foundation!
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when you experience pain due to your plantar fascia — the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes — becoming inflamed.
The pain associated with plantar fasciitis can cause extreme discomfort with your first steps each morning. Your pain decreases as you continue to be active. However, after long periods of standing or sitting, the pain returns.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Small tears and repetitive stretching cause your fascia to become irritated or inflamed. While there's no exact cause, several factors can increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis. These include:
- Poor foot mechanics: flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal pattern of walking
- Exercises: sudden increase in exercise, long-distance running, jumping activities, and aerobic activity
- Tight calf muscles can cause excessive stress on the fascia
- Occupations that require prolonged standing or walking
If you suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, call the office to schedule a consultation, and let Dr. Brunetti design a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Your exam at Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, begins with a review of your medical history and a thorough physical examination. X-rays and MRI imaging may help ensure that another problem isn't responsible for your pain, like a stress fracture, pinched nerve, or bone spur.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Dr. Brunetti and his team offer:
- One-on-one, hands-on physical therapy
- Massage and manual therapy
- Therapeutic exercises
- Balancing exercises
- Custom orthotics
- Cold laser therapy
- Low dye taping
- Neuromuscular reeducation
In addition, you may be given a home program that also includes applying ice, and taking over-the-counter pain medications, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen, may help reduce your discomfort.
Home exercises and appropriate shoe gear are also recommended.
If foot pain is making it difficult for you to get out of bed, call the office or book an appointment online today.