Are you looking for heel pain relief in Central Park South? Dr. Jonathan Thurm is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric medicine and completed a residency in foot surgery. He has been in private practice since 1989. Dr. Thurm is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Thurm uses minimal invasive surgery (MIS) which allows him to correct foot deformities and pathologies through a very small incision. Utilizing this special technique, there is much less exposure, soft tissue injury, swelling, and scarring thereby reducing pain. There is also no use of pins, wires or screws that can break or need to be removed with another surgery. MIS allows patients to walk on their feet immediately without the need of casts, crutches or canes. Most patients can return to work the next day after most procedures, meaning less down time and a quick return to normal activities.
There are several causes for heel pain, but two common conditions are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis. Dr. Thurm will examine your feet to determine what condition you have and the best way to provide heel pain relief in Central Park South. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament located on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when this ligament becomes irritated resulting in stiffness and pain in the heel area. The irritation that causes the condition of plantar fasciitis occurs for many reasons such as long periods of standing, long periods of bed rest, ill-fitting shoes, over use in sports training, weight gain and lack of flexibility. The Achilles tendon is a cord that runs from the calf muscle to the heel. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to small tears, resulting in heel pain and discomfort. This painful condition is called tendonosis. The symptoms and treatments for tendonosis are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. Pain and stiffening occurs in the heel area and is most noticeable after inactive periods such as when you first get off your bed in the morning or after long drives and at the start of a long walk or jog.
In most cases, plantar fasciitis is a controllable condition and there are treatments to help ease the pain and discomfort. The most common suggestion is to wear better shoes and inner soles that will provide firmer support to the area. Relief can also be accomplished by stretching the calf and arch and by massaging the area and applying ice for ten minutes at a time, two times a day. If the symptoms persist, additional treatments include custom made orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, and cast boots. A new treatment for heel pain relief in Central Park South that has proven to be very successful is ultra-sonic shockwave therapy. This is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that targets the affected area with shock waves that produces a pain relieving effect at the site. The best way to begin treatment of tendonosis is to rest the foot, use heel cushions for elevation, stretch the Achilles tendon, and ice the foot. Call us today and take the first step to eliminating your heel pain.