Plantar Fasciitis

Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center

Foot & Ankle Surgery & Vein Care located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton, FL

More than half of plantar fasciitis sufferers report that their foot pain interferes with their normal daily activities. With the help of top-rated podiatrists Jason Gold, DPM, and Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, you can get relief from lingering plantar fasciitis pain at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. The practice boasts two state-of-the-art facilities in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida, so you have a location close to you. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation online or call your nearest clinic directly.

Plantar Fasciitis/ Heel Pain

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis means that you have chronic inflammation of your plantar fascia, which is the long band of fibrous connective tissue that runs across your arch. Your plantar fascia connects your heels to your feet and is so strong it stretches like a bowstring with every step you take.

Because of the continuous stretching your plantar fascia has to endure, in some cases, it starts getting inflamed. This can be due to being overweight since the extra weight puts added stress on your plantar fascia, or because you have to work on your feet all day.

Sometimes, plantar fasciitis develops because of certain activities. For instance, if you’re a distance runner, you’re regularly pushing your plantar fascia to its max, which could ultimately lead to plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

When you come into Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center for your plantar fasciitis evaluation, your dedicated podiatrist, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus, sits and talks with you about your symptoms and tries to pinpoint when your discomfort strikes.

In most cases, plantar fasciitis leads to serious heel pain when you take your first steps as you get out of bed in the morning, simply because your inflamed plantar fascia hasn’t been stretched out in hours. As you get moving around, your plantar fasciitis pain often subsides.

Symptoms like these, as well as arch pain and inflammation, are often enough to help Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus confirm a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. But they might also perform an in-office digital X-ray or ultrasound as part of the diagnosis process, or to rule out related conditions (like heel spurs).

Can plantar fasciitis be treated?

Yes! At Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, the highly skilled podiatry team offer personalized plantar fasciitis treatment plans that include innovative solutions. Depending on the severity of your plantar fasciitis and heel pain, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus may recommend:

  • Night splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injection therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Custom orthotics or arch supports
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

You may also benefit from extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). This noninvasive treatment can reduce symptoms by about 80% in as few as three weekly treatments. In any case, no matter how sporadic or how severe your plantar fasciitis pain may be, you can get the relief you need at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center.

Schedule your plantar fasciitis exam at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center today. Click on the online scheduler or call your most convenient office to book.