If you feel stabbing pains in your heels when you take your first steps after getting out of bed, you may be struggling with plantar fasciitis. With his expertise in diagnosing and treating chronic foot conditions, Tim Grace, DPM, of Family Foot Health Center can help you get relief from lingering plantar fasciitis pain once and for all. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at this Puyallup, Washington, practice by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. This condition develops when your plantar fascia — the stretchy connective tissue that runs across your arch — gets overused, stretched out, and inflamed. You can develop plantar fasciitis if you:
- Have high arches
- Develop heel spurs
- Suddenly increase your activity level
- Are overweight or obese
- Have overly tight calf muscles
You’re also more likely to struggle with plantar fasciitis if you participate in repetitive impact activities, like running.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Dr. Grace understands how debilitating plantar fasciitis can become. In severe cases, it starts affecting your work, hobbies, and exercise activities. In many cases, Dr. Grace can often diagnose plantar fasciitis by performing a physical examination and evaluating your symptoms, which may include
- Heel pain
- Arch discomfort
- Pain that’s worse after long periods of inactivity
Dr. Grace also finds that plantar fasciitis tends to flare up after exercise or periods of high activity, rather than during activity. For instance, your plantar fasciitis pain might be at its peak after leaving the gym, but not during your workout.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Grace may request an X-ray to rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms. In many cases, you can start your plantar fasciitis treatment plan the same day as your evaluation.
What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?
Treating plantar fasciitis involves a multifaceted approach to both relieve current pain and inflammation, and promote healing of your plantar fascia. Dr. Grace often combines several of the following therapies for plantar fasciitis sufferers:
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Cortisone injections
- Supportive shoes
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
While rare, occasionally the best solution for resolving plantar fasciitis discomfort is to undergo surgery. Plantar fasciitis surgery involves removing any bone spurs and releasing your plantar fascia, so it can no longer tense up. Dr. Grace works diligently to ensure your plantar fasciitis treatment plan is effective, no matter how minor or severe your symptoms may be.