Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Desert Foot & Ankle

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

The heel injury plantar fasciitis is a common complaint among long distance runners, but it can affect just about anyone. At Desert Foot and Ankle in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, the team of experienced podiatrists helps you manage the pain of plantar fasciitis and make adjustments to your footwear and habits to prevent it from returning. For help getting back on your feet, wherever they take you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. Your plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and helps absorb the shock of everyday activity. If you put a lot of stress on your feet, the ligaments may tear and become inflamed.

Plantar fasciitis is common among long-distance runners, especially if they don’t vary their exercise routine to avoid putting too much stress on their feet. However, the condition is not limited to runners or even people who are physically active. Plantar fasciitis may also affect you if you’re overweight or obese, or have to stand for extended periods of time at work.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes a sharp pain in the bottom of your foot. In the early stages of the condition, the pain is worse when you first get out of bed in the morning, or after you’ve been sitting or standing for a long time, and then fades as you move around. You may also find the pain is worse after running, walking, or exercising, but not during these activities.

If plantar fasciitis is allowed to progress untreated, the pain becomes more intense and lasts longer.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed and treated?

Your podiatrist at Desert Foot and Ankle examines your foot to determine if your pain is located in your plantar fascia. They may also ask you to perform stretches to demonstrate the health and strength of the ligaments or undergo an MRI or X-ray. This helps determine if you have plantar fasciitis or a different foot condition.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis respond to a conservative approach. Your podiatrist at Desert Foot and Ankle helps you manage the pain and avoid putting further stress on your heel. With treatment, the condition improves within a few months.

Depending on the severity of your pain, you may receive injections of steroid medication at Desert Foot and Ankle to reduce the inflammation.

Your symptoms may respond to a conservative approach including:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Icing the area every day
  • Wearing a splint at night

In the short or long-term, you may benefit from incorporating activities like swimming and cycling into your exercise routine that put less stress on your feet.

Your footwear is a crucial part of treating and preventing plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist can fit you for custom orthotics to put in your shoes for extra support. It’s also important to wear shoes designed for running long distances or standing for extended periods of time, depending on your exercise routine or line of work.

To get a diagnosis for heel pain and help to manage plantar fasciitis, call Desert Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.