Which Is the Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: Laser, Ultrasound, or Shockwave Therapy?

Posted by on Friday, May 18th, 2018

The lifetime incidence for developing chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is roughly 10 percent in America. If you’re one of the many people suffering from sharp, shooting pains first thing in the morning and terrible aches following periods of standing or inactivity in New York City, stop by The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine for the best treatment for plantar fasciitis. We offer multiple modes of advanced treatment you won’t find elsewhere, including laser, ultrasound, and shockwave therapy. You may be wondering: Which of these high-tech solutions is most effective? A study recently published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery sheds some light on the subject.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is one of the best treatments for plantar fasciitis. [Image Source: Unsplash user Cristian Newman ]

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: High-Tech Alternatives That Work

Posted by on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

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.

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If you suffer pain in your heel, plantar fasciitis may be to blame. We offer expert diagnosis and advanced care in NYC. [Image Source: Pexel user Andrii Nikolaienko]

Do You Need NYC Foot Surgery to Treat Bone Spurs Resulting From Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by on Friday, April 21st, 2017

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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Good news! Surgery is rarely the answer for plantar fasciitis and bone spurs. Image Source: Flickr user sixteen05design.

AmnioFix: A New Product For Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Posted by on Monday, March 20th, 2017

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.

NYC Foot Surgery Success Story: Runner With Heel Pain Finds Relief

Posted by on Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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.

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Sometimes the answer to heel pain is to avoid overthinking it and start with the basics. (Image Source: PlantarFasciitisShoesExpert.com)

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 …

TENEX FAST Procedure Offers New Yorkers Relief From Tendon Pain

Posted by on Monday, November 28th, 2016

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.”

The TENEX procedure can work wonders for patients who have torn or degenerated tendons causing severe pain and disability, and it’s available right here at your local New York City podiatrist office.

Tendon pain is no match for the TENEX procedure.
Tendon pain is no match for the TENEX procedure. Image Source: Wikimedia user Rotatebot.

NFL News: Amari Cooper’s “Whole Game” Affected By Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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.

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Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are back to being a dynamic duo for the Raiders this season after plantar fasciitis took Cooper out last year. Image Source: Flickr user A Syn.

Think You’ve Got Plantar Fasciitis? Consider These Alternative Heel Pain Diagnoses

Posted by on Monday, September 26th, 2016

Our NY foot doctors have 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.

Plantar faciitis isn't the only cause of heel pain.
There is a lot more to the heel than the plantar fascia, according to the best foot doctors NYC has to offer. Image Source: Wikimedia user Haabet.

Plantar Fasciitis Stretches to Help Resolve Lingering Heel Pain

Posted by on Monday, September 5th, 2016

Stop us if any of these sound familiar:

“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.

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Plantar fasciitis can cause a burning, throbbing sensation in your heels. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons User Kosigrim)

An Athlete in Recovery: Does Brook Lopez have Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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.

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Image Source: Wikimedia user Erik Cleves Kristensen