Plantar Fasciitis

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

Most cases of heel pain are caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the tissues in the bottom of your foot. If you suffer from heel pain, the foot health experts at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, can determine the most effective treatment for you. Led by board-certified podiatrists, the practice uses the latest advances to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a group of fibrous ligaments that connects your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and acts as a shock absorber when you walk or run. When the plantar fascia experiences too much stress or tension, small microtears can result. 

Repeated overstretching and tearing of the plantar fascia can result in irritation and inflammation known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot that typically worsens after sitting or standing for long periods of time. 

People with plantar fasciitis frequently experience pain first thing in the morning after getting out of bed. 

Who gets plantar fasciitis?

A number of factors can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Having flat feet or high arches

Plantar fasciitis most commonly affects people ages 40-60. Excess body weight can also put extra stress on the plantar fascia, leading to pain and inflammation. 

Plantar fasciitis frequently affects runners and people who play sports like soccer. In some cases, plantar fasciitis develops with no clear cause.

If you suffer from heel pain, the specialists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment for your condition. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Before beginning treatment, your doctor performs a thorough examination to determine if plantar fasciitis is the cause of your heel pain. During your diagnosis, your doctor conducts a physical exam, feeling for tenderness and the location of your pain. 

Although additional tests aren’t always necessary, your doctor may recommend an X-ray or MRI to rule out other conditions, like bone spurs or stress fractures. 

After your examination, your doctor works with you to develop the right treatment plan for your condition. 

What treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?

Depending on your condition, treatment for plantar fasciitis may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Over-the-counter arch supports
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Night splints
  • Orthotics

The goal of treatment is to relieve your pain and prevent your plantar fascia from overstretching. In some cases, you may require surgery to release the plantar fascia from the heel bone. 

The board-certified podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano have extensive experience providing both conservative and surgical treatment for plantar fasciitis. To find out which treatment is right for you, call one of the offices or book online today.