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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 16, 2020
Category: heel pain

Did you know that one of the most common and widespread causes of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis? The condition is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that connects your heel with the toes.

When this connecting tissue is subjected to excessive strain or pressure, it results in a sharp pain when you place your feet on the floor after waking up. Usually, the pain tends to lessen during the course of the day, which is why patients are likely to ignore the pain.

However, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, our specialists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, strongly urge patients to understand the gravity of this condition and know that delaying treatment will only worsen your pain. Leaving your inflamed plantar fascia untreated is not only painful, but it can also impact your foot arch and create problems in walking. Therefore, it is important to make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible.

How to treat plantar fasciitis?

Usually less severe cases may be addressed through the use of customized orthotic inserts that correct the posture of your feet and relieve the affected tendon from stress. More advanced conditions were previously treated with surgeries and steroid injections. However, these treatments are not very effective for long durations as they tend to weaken the tissue.

On the other hand, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has shown promising results for treating plantar fasciitis. Here are some of its profound benefits:

  • It is non-invasive and therefore less risky than surgery
  • It is approved by the FDA
  • Unlike surgery, it does not require long durations of recovery
  • With state-of-the-art technology, the procedure is safe and quick to execute

In recent times, ESWT has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for plantar fasciitis. If you would like more information regarding this treatment or would like to consult our team of experts for any of your foot conditions, feel free to contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment.