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Plantar Fasciitis

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

As the most common cause of agonizing heel pain, plantar fasciitis can lead to severe foot discomfort, often after periods of inactivity. If you struggle with plantar fasciitis, contact Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; or Ryan Pinedo, DPM, of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, to have an evaluation and get started on treatment. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation through the website or call the clinic nearest you to schedule by phone.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Having plantar fasciitis means that your plantar fascia is irritated and inflamed on a regular basis. Your plantar fascia is the connective band that stretches across your arch and links your forefoot to your heel. Your plantar fascia must be durable enough to support your body weight, in addition to added shock from walking, running, or jumping.

Even though your plantar fascia is highly durable and can expand and contract with ease, it can certainly wear down over time. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Being between ages 40-60
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Participating in distance running
  • Having an overly tight Achilles tendon
  • Working in an occupation that requires long hours on your feet

You can even develop plantar fasciitis if you have structural foot issues, including high arches or flat feet, as well as bone spurs.  

Do I need to see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

Yes. Aside from the foot pain you likely experience on a daily basis with plantar fasciitis, if left untreated, this condition can affect your gait. You may wind up changing the way you walk to alleviate pressure on your tender feet, which can lead to secondary ankle or knee pain. 

Untreated plantar fasciitis also leads to tearing and overstretching of the connective band over time. 

The caring podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists encourage you to come in for an exam if you’re experiencing any of the following plantar fasciitis heel or arch issues:

  • Pain that’s worse first thing in the morning
  • Discomfort that resolves the more you start walking around
  • Pain right after, but not during, sports or exercise 

Plantar fasciitis can also lead to stiffness, swelling, and sensitivity. Before your condition progresses any further, see how the podiatry team can help. 

How does a podiatrist treat plantar fasciitis?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists examines your feet, looks at imaging tests (if needed), and discusses all of your symptoms with you. Depending on the severity of your plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Custom-molded orthotic inserts
  • Ice massage applications 
  • Taping and strapping 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Stretching exercises

Plantar fasciitis surgery is an option, but it’s an absolute last resort. Your podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists can surgically release your plantar fascia, which relieves tension on the band and resolves your symptoms.

Get started on your pain-relieving plantar fasciitis treatment plan at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists right away. You can book an appointment online or over the phone with either location.