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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Kingston, New Windsor, Wappingers Falls, Hudson, Red Hook, Margaretville and West Coxsackie, NY


Plantar fasciitis is a widespread form of heel pain that can prevent you from doing the activities you love. With locations in Kingston, New Windsor, Wappingers Falls, Hudson, Red Hook, Margaretville, and West Coxsackie, New York, the board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons at Hudson Valley Foot Associates provide nonsurgical and surgical treatment for plantar fasciitis. Call the location nearest you to learn more today.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the tissues in your feet. The plantar fascia is a thick band that runs from the heels to the toes. Plantar fasciitis can cause chronic pain that diminishes the flexibility in your feet. Over time, simple movements, such as walking, can become painful. 

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Most people with plantar fasciitis experience persistent or recurrent heel pain. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain that may stretch through the arch
  • Heel swelling
  • Pain that worsens after activity but not during
  • Limited range of motion from a tight Achilles tendon

Plantar fasciitis pain often intensifies without proper treatment. Seeking early intervention is the best way to prevent returning pain.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Any stress on the plantar fascia can cause small tears that lead to inflammation. Repetitive stress is the most common cause of the condition. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Carrying excess weight
  • Having high arches or flat feet
  • Being over the age of 40
  • Sports that put pressure on the heel (running, ballet, soccer, etc.)

Occupations that involve standing on your feet all day, such as teaching, factor work, or construction work, can also increase your risk of plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

During your comprehensive foot evaluation, your doctor asks detailed questions regarding your symptoms. They also perform a gait analysis and analyze your walking patterns. For an accurate diagnosis, your doctor may order imaging scans, such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests can also detect whether you have heel spurs.

What are the treatments for plantar fasciitis?

Hudson Valley Foot Associates offers the most effective treatments for plantar fasciitis, including:

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)

ESWT delivers shock waves directly into injured soft tissues to repair damage and promote healing without surgery or medication.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy uses an ultrasound-guided probe to destroy faulty nerve fibers without damaging the nerve itself.

Custom-made orthotics

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that treat mechanical imbalances, such as high arches or flat feet, to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis.

Radial pulse therapy (RPT)

RPT uses low-energy waves to penetrate the plantar fascia and stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

Surgery

In severe plantar fasciitis cases, your doctor may surgically cut a portion of the fascia to alleviate tension.

To learn more about plantar fasciitis, call Hudson Valley Foot Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

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