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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Ideal Foot Care

Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Astoria, NY

If you’re a fitness buff or athlete, your love of strenuous activity can take a toll on your feet. Heel pain is a common sign of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue in your foot. Albert Samandarov, DPM, and the team at Ideal Foot Care in Queens, New York, provide comprehensive care for this common condition, ranging from anti-inflammatory medications to orthotics to shock wave therapy. Get the treatment you deserve by calling the Astoria office today, or by booking an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue, known as fascia, running along the bottom of your foot. The condition can be excruciating and is most common among athletes who run and jump a lot.

Plantar fasciitis occurs over time, as your fascia stretches beyond its normal limits, eventually causing inflammation and pain. Bone spurs might also form where the plantar fascia attaches to your heel bone.

Resting or walking may temporarily relieve plantar fasciitis. However, the pain often returns after prolonged rest or extensive walking.

What increases my risk for plantar fasciitis?

Certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Age: plantar fasciitis is most common between age 40-60
  • Strenuous exercise: long-distance running, jumping activities, and aerobic dance can contribute to plantar fasciitis
  • Obesity: excess weight puts extra stress on your feet
  • Occupation: jobs where you stand all day can damage your plantar fascia

In addition, you may be more prone to develop plantar fasciitis if you’re flat-footed, have a high arch, or walk in a way that puts more weight on one foot more than the other. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Your podiatrist at Ideal Foot Care examines your foot and may recommend diagnostic X-rays to rule out problems involving your bone. Once your diagnosis is complete, they recommend a treatment plan for your condition.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Early treatment is usually conservative, and include options, such as:

  • Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotics, such as shoe inserts
  • Splints to immobilize your foot
  • Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia 

In some instances, your podiatrist recommends surgery to release the fascia.

Ideal Foot Care offers advanced therapies for plantar fasciitis. These include shock wave therapy, which uses sound waves to stimulate healing, and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), a form of regenerative medicine to promote natural healing. 

Research on the benefits of PRP suggests the therapy offers long-term healing effects over treatments like steroid injections.

If you’re suffering from heel pain, you can rely on the expert team at Ideal Foot Care for diagnosis and care to set you on the path to recovery. Call today or schedule a consultation online.