Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis offered in Montebello and Duarte, CA

Plantar Fasciitis

Every year, about 2 million people in the United States get treatment for plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. At West Beverly Podiatry Group in Montebello and Duarte, California, Michael Vega, DPM, Johnny Huang, DPM, and the team provide comprehensive care for plantar fasciitis. Learn more about plantar fasciitis and treatments by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis? 

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tight band of tissue that runs from the back of the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot, connecting the bones and supporting the arch.

Inflammation occurs when there’s damage to the plantar fascia, usually from overuse or overstretching. Standing for long periods, exercising on hard surfaces, and wearing shoes that don’t provide enough arch support may lead to plantar fasciitis.

Certain health conditions, like flatfeet and a high foot arch, also make you more prone to plantar fasciitis.

I have heel pain. Does that mean I have plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. However, you can have heel pain from any number of foot problems, including heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. 

With plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your heel pain is worse when you first get up in the morning or after sitting for a long time. Or, you may have a dull, constant ache.

Many people with plantar fasciitis also notice that their pain improves during exercise but worsens when they stop. 

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

You should see the West Beverly Podiatry Group team if you have ongoing heel pain and suspect plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist conducts a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your discomfort.

They review your symptoms when symptoms occur and ask about your daily routine, the types of shoes you wear, and your medical history. They examine your feet and perform X-rays to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. 

What treatments can heal my plantar fasciitis quickly?

Plantar fasciitis takes time to heal, and the team at West Beverly Podiatry Group recommends conservative care. Initial treatment may include:

  • Calf stretching exercises
  • Icing the heel for 20 minutes daily
  • Limiting activities that overuse the plantar fascia
  • Changing your shoewear
  • Using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain

If you continue to have foot pain, the team may suggest taping or strapping the foot or using orthotic devices to improve foot support. They may also refer you to physical therapy or try corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation.

Sometimes a walking boot is necessary to rest the plantar fascia so it can heal. The podiatrists at West Beverly Podiatry Group rarely perform surgery.

Call West Beverly Podiatry Group or use the online booking feature today to discuss treatment options for your plantar fasciitis.