Plantar fasciitis can lead to agonizing foot and heel pain that becomes so severe, it starts keeping you from participating in your daily activities. With his expertise in effective non-surgical plantar fasciitis treatments, board-certified podiatrist David B. Glover, DPM, FACFAS, of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute can help. Dr. Glover designs a personalized plantar fasciitis treatment plan, right in his South Ogden, Utah, office. Click on the online scheduler to book or call the clinic directly.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
Why do I have plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition that leads to inflammation of your plantar fascia, the long, durable connective tissues that tie your toes to your heel bones. You can develop plantar fasciitis due to:
- Being overweight
- Having flat feet or high arches
- Regularly participating in dancing, running, or jumping sports
- Middle age — plantar fasciitis is common between ages 40-60
- Working in a field where you’re on your feet all day
Even though your plantar fascia is designed to carry your body weight and bounce back into place after each step, sometimes, these issues cause it to become inflamed.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis causes sharp or stabbing foot and heel pain, as well as swelling on the bottom of your heel. What’s unique about plantar fasciitis-triggered discomfort is that your foot and heel pain is generally worse after long periods of inactivity.
For instance, if you have plantar fasciitis, your pain is most likely going to be worse when you take your first few steps after getting out of bed, or after getting up out of a chair after hours of sitting. The more you move around, the more your pain lessens.
On the other hand, sometimes plantar fasciitis pain flares up after periods of intense physical activity. Usually, plantar fasciitis sufferers experience agonizing foot and heel pain after exercising, rather than during.
Which plantar fasciitis treatment is most effective?
At Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute, you can get comprehensive plantar fasciitis treatment that’s tailored to your needs and daily activities. Your plantar fasciitis plan may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Specialized daily stretches
- Corticosteroid injections
- Supportive footwear
- Custom orthotics
- Night splints
While uncommon, occasionally Dr. Glover recommends surgery to treat plantar fasciitis. This minimally invasive procedure involves carefully releasing your plantar fascia, so it can no longer tense up. Dr. Glover usually reserves plantar fasciitis surgery for times when conservative therapies just aren’t enough, even after trying them for several months.
Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute today. You can either request an appointment online or over the phone.