The FDA recently approved laser therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis heel pain. Studies of the FX 635 laser show dramatic pain reduction in patients whose symptoms did not improve with conservative treatments for five years. The average patient scored a 68 on the VAS pain scale, which decreased down to an 8 with treatment. Like other therapeutic lasers, the FX 635 uses energy to prompt the body’s natural healing processes.
When White Plains podiatrists conduct X-rays on patients with plantar fasciitis, about one in ten will have a bone spur. Patients who hear this fact often assume some type of “bony outgrowth” is the root cause of their stabbing pain. However, the reality is that only one in twenty people with heel spurs experience foot pain, and often, heel pain can be treated without removing the spur. Here are five facts you may not know about what causes foot spurs and the treatment options available.
Looking for a plantar fasciitis treatment that’s on the cutting edge of science? Wonder how professional athletes rebound from chronic pain and get back into the game so fast? AmnioFix®by MiMedx is a NYC sports medicine doctor’s “secret weapon.” We offer this revolutionary product to patients at our White Plains and Manhattan offices, particularly those who are experiencing slow healing of the plantar fascia tissue.
The decision to undergo surgery is one of the most difficult choices a person has to make. We do not take NYC foot surgery lightly. Our clients are busy and can’t afford the downtime. Whenever possible, we look into conservative measures that resolve pain and restore functionality.
Yet, in some cases, our NYC sports doctors have found that foot and ankle surgeries were the best course of action to alleviate pain and restore functionality. New procedures and tools have made surgery less invasive and less “scary.” Here’s one of our many success stories …
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Tyler Seguin is a tough player—so it’s not surprising that he kept the nature of his foot injury hidden until the pain became truly unbearable. After an MRI, it was revealed that Seguin had a hairline fracture in his heel. It’s a disappointing blow for a player who had an All-Star season last year with thirty three goals and forty assists before a skate sliced his left Achilles and took him out of the playoffs.
If you’ve recently sustained an injury to your heel and are looking for the best orthopedic foot surgeon in NYC, look no further than The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. We offer cutting edge technologies for a speedy recovery, along with the industry’s best techniques for surgical repairs if necessary. Continue reading to learn more about the type of heel injury NHL player Tyler Seguin sustained.
Our NY foot doctorshave worked with the Central Park Track Club, the NY Road Runners, and ultra-marathon runners training for the NYC Tri, Hamptons Marathon, and U.S. Olympic Trials. Avid runners are no strangers to foot pain. A lot of them limp into our Manhattan office nervously asking, “Do I have plantar fasciitis?” They know this diagnosis would be dreadful because it’s a niggling ache to shake. Many of them walk out surprised that the root cause of their heel and arch pain is something else entirely.
“I’ve had plantar fasciitis on and off for at least five years.”
“I’ve seen other sports doctors for the same condition, but no one can help me.”
“I have a closet full of orthotics that don’t work.”
“Aspirin and ibuprofen don’t take the edge off.”
“I start to feel better, but as soon as I run again, the pain returns.”
If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone. Eamonn Coghlan, an Irish three-time Olympian and former world champion in the 5,000 meter, was recently treated here in New York for chronic plantar fasciitis. Once he saw the right professional, he was able to banish the condition—once and for all—within four weeks. What made the difference? Plantar fasciitis stretches.
Many NYC residents land in our office with stabbing heel pain once the weather warms up. It’s not the weather itself – it’s the increased activity level, which can spur the onset of plantar fasciitis, one of the most common conditions we treat at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Treatment for plantar fasciitis is not as straightforward as you might think, especially if you’ve been suffering for weeks before seeking help.
Plantar fasciitis is hard to escape these days. The most common cause of heel pain, it is easily the most common type of musculoskeletal sports injury I see in the office. Whether you’re Peyton Manning, an ultra-marathoner, or a weekend warrior, it seems to affect people of all age groups, activity levels, genders, races, sizes, and shapes. It can be a quite debilitating injury with long delays in returning to your activity of choice. It can many times be stubborn and resistant to conventional treatments. First line treatments often include targeted stretching and strengthening exercises, rest, icing, and support for the fascia (in terms of strappings or orthotics). Many times we will add anti-inflammatory measures such as oral medications, topical medications, or steroid injections. Often these methods go a long way toward relieving symptoms. In the past, when these treatment methods failed, the final resort would be surgery. However, more advanced pre-surgical plantar fasciitis treatments have become available including extracorporeal shockwave therapy, MLS laser therapy, PRP injections, and the FAST procedure.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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