Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions suffered by competitive athletes and falls into the category termed overuse injuries. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes and supporting the arch. When this soft tissue becomes inflamed it results in heel and or arch pain usually felt first thing in the morning. Many patients grow frustrated with this pain because they have never received the proper treatment. For an athlete, this constant pain interferes with training and performance.
The feet take an enormous amount of pressure and stress and this is compounded by the high impact, speed and repetition of sports. When the plantar fascia is stretched beyond its normal capacity, tiny tears begin to occur in the ligament causing inflammation and pain. The damage can grow worse if appropriate measures are not taken to treat the condition.
There are two important components of the exercise routine that can go a long way to eliminating or minimizing injuries:
- Taking the time to warm up and stretch. Failure to stretch and warm up means the plantar fascia remains tight and rigid. Taking time to gently and slowly stretch will allow for gradual increase in flexibility.
- Wear proper footwear. Proper footwear is essential to make sure the foot is supported and cushioned, especially in the arch, heel and mid foot.
Pain cannot be correctly treated if it is not correctly diagnosed. You need a qualified doctor in your corner and Dr. Perlstein is one of the best. His high tech diagnostic equipment such as digital x-rays and ultrasound aid him in correct diagnosis. These capabilities in the hands of an experienced doctor allow for quick diagnosis that assists the doctor in development and application of a treatment plan that will relieve your discomfort. Dr. Perlstein has over 25 years of experience in treating plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. He is also board certified in Orthopedics. He is highly qualified to evaluate and diagnose your condition and start you on a treatment plan that will relieve your pain. Call him at (718) 438-8188 and get on the road to becoming pain free.