Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapists located in Sheepshead Bay/Avenue Z, Brooklyn, NY

If you’re training for a marathon and you’ve developed heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. To get you back on the road, Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy in Brooklyn, New York, offers some of the most advanced treatment options to promote healing and reduce foot pain. Call or book an appointment online at the state-of-the-art facility location that’s most convenient for you. Office locations include Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Ditmas Park, and Bensonhurst.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of your plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Your plantar fascia is a tough but flexible tissue that supports the arch of your foot and absorbs much of the stress placed on your foot from your daily activities. If the stress on the plantar fascia becomes too great, tiny tears develop in the tissue, leading to inflammation and pain.

Runners are most susceptible to this condition due to the extra stress they put on their feet from the repeated pounding on the pavement. However, you may also be at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you carry too much weight, you have flat feet, or your job keeps you on your feet all day.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The pain feels like someone is stabbing you in the heel, and may only occur when you first wake up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a long time.

If you exercise with plantar fasciitis, you may not feel the pain until you’re done.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Physical therapy is the primary mode of treatment for plantar fasciitis. The goal of physical therapy is to improve strength and flexibility to relieve your symptoms.

Your doctor may also recommend the use of over-the-counter pain medications to help manage your pain.

What can I expect during therapy for my plantar fasciitis?

Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy offers the most advanced treatment to help your plantar fascia heal and reduce your foot pain. Your therapist develops a personalized treatment plan for you after a thorough evaluation that may include a review of your symptoms, activity, and medical history. Your therapist may also conduct testing to assess the strength, mobility, and flexibility of your foot, ankle, and leg.

Your treatment for plantar fasciitis may include:

  • Stretching
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Use of night splints to stretch your muscles while you sleep

Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy also offers specialized treatments that may be part of your treatment plan, such as Kinesio® Taping to assist in the healing process or cold laser therapy for pain reduction and tissue healing.

For therapeutic management of your plantar fasciitis for relief from heel pain, call Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy or use the online booking button to schedule your consultation.