Plantar fasciitis can strike at any time, making it difficult to stand up, take the dog for a walk, or climb a flight of stairs. At Universal Footcare in Chelsea, Manhattan, board-certified podiatrist Neha Pathak, DPM, offers diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis using regenerative medicine like stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. To schedule an appointment at the New York City-based practice, call the office or book online today.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs due to wear-and-tear damage of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. It acts as a bowstring, supporting the arch of your foot when you walk, run, or play sports.
Over the years, small tears can form in your plantar fascia. When these tears become inflamed, it results in severe pain and in some cases immobility.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of heel pain worldwide. Each year, millions of Americans visit the doctor seeking treatment for the condition.
The most obvious symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp shooting or electric shock-like sensation at the bottom of your foot near the heel. Usually, pain caused by plantar fasciitis is worse first thing in the morning, right after you wake up.
You might also notice that you experience heel pain after long periods of sitting or standing, or following a workout.
Plantar fasciitis affects all types of people, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you participate in certain types of exercise. For example, long-distance running, jogging, and aerobic dance place stress on your heel and surrounding soft tissue.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Pathak asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, reviews your medical history, and physically examines your feet and heels. During the exam, she gently presses on each heel, feeling for areas of swelling, warmth, or tenderness.
If these measures don’t provide enough insight, Dr. Pathak might also order X-rays or an MRI. These diagnostic imaging techniques can rule out other potential causes of heel pain, like stress fractures or a heel spur.
At Universal Footcare, Dr. Pathak usually treats plantar fasciitis using conservative, minimally invasive treatments. If you have mild or moderate symptoms, you might benefit from over-the-counter pain medications, physical therapy, or wearing custom orthotics. You can purchase orthotics directly from Dr. Pathak at the office.
If your pain persists, Dr. Pathak might recommend regenerative medicine injections using stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Stem cells are pluripotent cells that can mimic any of the cells in your body. Once injected, they go to work generating healthy new cells and tissue. PRP is similar. It uses a highly concentrated solution of your own blood plasma to ease inflammation and encourage healing.
Sometimes, plantar fasciitis continues to progress. If your heel pain doesn’t respond to conservative measures, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Don’t wait for your plantar fasciitis to get worse. Schedule an appointment at Universal Footcare today by calling the office or booking online.