Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Nationwide, arch and heel pain account for up to 15% of all podiatrist visits—that’s 1 million Americans suffering from the condition. This type of pain is striking in that it tends to afflict patients worst after a night of sleeping or period of rest. In recent years, we’ve grown to understand this condition much better. It’s not just a matter of chronic inflammation—but rather, degenerative changes to the fascia that cannot be ignored. Here in the office, we employ a number of high-tech treatments for plantar fasciitis that work tremendously.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects 2 million Americans. An estimated 1 in 10 sufferers have heel spurs, which are bony calcium deposits on the underside of the bone. It’s a common misconception that the “spur” itself is what causes the pain. In reality, only 5% of the people with heel spurs experience foot pain. Heel spurs generally develop in response to trauma like foot muscle strains, ligament tears, plantar fascia overstretching, and repeat tearing of the heel membrane.
Athletes who do a lot of running and jumping are especially prone to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. We most commonly see the condition in runners who have flat, overpronating feet, with tight Achilles tendons and calves. Our doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say NYC foot surgery is rarely needed to treat this condition.
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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 …
Chronic tendon pain has been fairly misunderstood in the scientific community until the last 5-10 years, according to Josef Geldwert, a board-certified Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. Previously, all tendon issues were categorized as “tendonitis,” which implies inflammation and is treated with cortisone shots, rest, ice, and sometimes physical therapy. Some patients healed during this treatment, but many continued to suffer from chronic tendon troubles. Often, these patients would go on to have surgical debridement, which fixed the problem but resulted in long recovery times.
“We now know that the problem is not necessarily inflammation but weakened collagen and tissue degeneration, which tends to occur after eight or ten weeks,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Fortunately, technology exists that helps patients get back on their feet again without major surgery.”
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Plantar fasciitis is a bit like parenting—just because it affects a lot of people doesn’t mean it’s easy. The Oakland Raiders’ Amari Cooper was nearly shut down for his rookie season by a bad case of chronic heel pain. Though he was able to reach 1,000 receiving yards, he told KGMZ San Francisco,”I really wasn’t myself. I think it affected my whole game.” NY podiatrists describe how Amari Cooper’s foot condition affected his performance, how it may have been treated, and how you can obtain similar care in the New York City region.
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.
Nets’ Center Brook Lopez has gone from reportedly being on the chopping block to being a “building block,” now one of the top scoring giants in the league. Despite his foot injury, the team isn’t looking to trade the 28-year-old, but there is a lot of pressure on him to return and carry the team through the season.
We wrote about Lopez’s foot woes back in 2014, when it was announced he’d miss the entire season with an injury in his right foot, requiring reconstructive surgery. He struggled with the same injury in 2011, which required three surgeries to repair bent screws. Now it’s been reported that Lopez is “recovering from plantar fasciitis” in that same foot.
Spend a lot of time on your feet? So did Diane Evans as she worked for two hectic weeks at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. But then she became one of the 2 million Americans treated for plantar fasciitis, a type of aggravating heel pain common among distance runners and busy people alike. The most common questions we get from our foot pain patients in NYC are: “How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?” and “What can I do about it?”
“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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