Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Bryon Butts, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Performance Footcare, PC

Bryon Butts, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that needs prompt attention if you want to recover quickly and completely. If you have heel pain due to plantar fasciitis or any other reason, Bryon Butts, DPM, of Performance Footcare PC in Midtown West Manhattan in New York can help. Dr. Butts and his team provide a range of effective noninvasive treatments for plantar fasciitis, including advanced shockwave therapy and minimally invasive surgery for advanced cases. If your heels are hurting, call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tough connective tissue on the bottom of your foot, supporting the arch. The plantar fascia can become inflamed for many reasons, including:

  • Having flat feet or high arches
  • Being overweight
  • Wearing unsupportive shoes
  • Overdoing strenuous physical activity
  • Being on your feet all day
  • Walking or running on hard surfaces

Plantar fasciitis is a common problem experienced by many Midtown Manhattan in New Yorkers. The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain radiating from under the heel of your foot, which can become so uncomfortable it makes it difficult to carry out everyday tasks such as walking to work or standing on the subway.

What nonsurgical treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?

​The first action to take is to rest the foot. Continuing, as usual, doesn’t allow the inflamed plantar fascia time to heal, prolonging the condition and often making it worse. If you exercise regularly or play sports, it can be hard to slow down, but to treat plantar fasciitis successfully, it’s essential that you avoid strenuous exercise.

Other ways to ease the inflammation and encourage healing of the plantar fascia include:

  • Icing your foot for 15-20 minutes
  • Over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cushioning and arch support
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Gentle stretching of the Achilles tendon
  • Massage therapy

If your heel pain isn’t improving with these approaches, Dr. Butts can provide nonsurgical treatments such as:

  • Steroid injections
  • Night splints
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • ​Amniotic stem cell injections

He can also use an advanced, noninvasive treatment called extracorporeal shockwave therapy. This uses low-dose sound waves to create an inflammatory response in the plantar fascia that triggers your body’s natural healing mechanisms.

If your plantar fasciitis symptoms aren’t improving after 12 months using conservative treatment methods, Dr. Butts might suggest surgery as the next step.

What surgical treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?

Dr. Butts can carry out a minimally invasive form of surgery called Tenex for plantar fasciitis that isn’t responding to other treatments. The Tenex machine uses ultrasonic technology to guide Dr. Butts so he can cut out any scar tissue with high precision and avoid damaging the healthy tissue.

He can also perform surgery for plantar fasciitis called a partial plantar fasciotomy. This involves making a small incision where the sole of your foot meets the back of your heel and detaching the plantar fascia from your heel bone.

Dr. Butts can then smooth the bone surface to allow the plantar fascia to heal, remove a small chunk of the damaged plantar fascia, or make room for the nerves in your foot to prevent them coming under pressure.

If you have heel pain, it could well be plantar fasciitis, and the sooner you get the right treatment, the more quickly you’ll recover. Call Performance Footcare today, or book an appointment online.

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