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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

If each morning tends to start with sharp heel pain, you could be one of the 10% of Americans with plantar fasciitis. Because plantar fasciitis occurs in the foot, the best place to get proper diagnosis and treatment is Arizona’s leading podiatric care facility, Arcadia Foot and Ankle. The experienced plantar fasciitis specialists offer on-site diagnosis and treatment in two Scottsdale offices and additional offices in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona, so don’t wait to reach out online or by phone for help.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the long strip of fibrous tissue that runs through the bottom of your foot. This tissue, the plantar fascia, can grow quite painful when inflamed, often causing very sharp heel pain. 

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue sustains too much stress. Certain factors increase your risk for plantar fasciitis, such as obesity, occupations requiring extended standing, and intense physical training.  

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs — bonelike calcium deposits that form a hook on the bottom of your heel — often occur together. But in most cases, the pain comes from plantar fascia inflammation, not the heel spur. 

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain, which often feels like a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel, is a strong indicator of plantar fasciitis.

In most cases, pain starts right after you wake up and take your first several steps. The pain often diminishes while you're moving around or exercising but resumes afterward, or after any long period of rest. 

How do you diagnose plantar fasciitis?

The Arcadia Foot and Ankle team discusses your symptoms with you. Your podiatrist performs a foot exam, which often includes hands-on palpation of your heel and foot arch. Your doctor usually asks you to make motions like flexing your foot, pointing your toes, and moving your foot upward. 

To verify diagnosis and rule out other issues, you may also need X-rays and ultrasound imaging. This helps your podiatrist find the exact level and type of inflammation so they can plan your treatment the best way. 

What can I expect during plantar fasciitis treatment?

At Arcadia Foot and Ankle, plantar fasciitis treatment plans emphasize healing the damaged tissue and improving your foot health. Common aspects of treatment are:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice therapy 
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Night splint, which stops plantar fascia shrinkage overnight
  • ProStretch Plus®, a simple home exercise device to lengthen the plantar fascia 
  • Extracorporeal Pulse-Activated Technology (EPAT®) 

Nearly all cases of plantar fasciitis greatly improve within a few months of conservative care. 

But if you have persistent plantar fasciitis pain and conservative measures aren’t working, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. Plantar fascia surgery typically involves partial detachment of the plantar fascia. 

If you’re having heel pain, don’t assume it’s normal. It’s probably a sign of a very treatable problem, so don’t wait to call Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Online booking is also available!