275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

Sometimes known as “flip-flop disease,” one of the most common foot problems dealt with at Spine and Sports Medicine is called plantar fasciitis . A painful inflammatory condition caused by excessive wear to the connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot, it is a common problem among people active in sports, especially runners. Because the normal foot has an arch, this tight band of tissue is at the base of the arch. In this position, the plantar fascia acts like a bowstring to maintain the arch of the foot. Obesity, weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces, and shoes with little or no arch support (think flip-flops!) are also associated with the condition. The pain usually is felt on the underside of the heel, and is often most intense with the first steps of the day.

Spine and Sports Medicine can set up a course of treatment to help keep you on the move and pain-free. Fortunately, the majority of cases of plantar fasciitis respond favorably to non-operative treatment. However, the recovery time varies tremendously from patient to patient. While some patients may be healed after 6 weeks of treatment, others may require 6 months or longer for recovery. Typically, the methods of treatment include anti-inflammatory medication, icing, stretching, heel inserts, activity modification — and no more flip-flops!

Labels: muscular strain , NYC , plantar fasciitis , spine and sports medicine

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