Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Edmond, OK

About 2 million people in the United States undergo treatment for plantar fasciitis every year. If you have heel pain when you take your first steps in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. At Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates in Edmond, Oklahoma, Joel Davis, MD, and the team provide comprehensive care for plantar fasciitis. They offer both conservative and surgical treatment options to ease your heel pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick, fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of your toes — plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in adults.

The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and acts as a shock absorber when walking, running, or jumping. Too much stress and pressure on the plantar fascia causes tiny tears in the tissue, leading to inflammation and pain.

Plantar fasciitis is common in runners. You may also be at risk of developing the foot condition if you’re overweight or obese, or you spend prolonged periods standing on hard surfaces. 

People with flatfeet or a short Achilles tendon may also be at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis. 

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. You may only feel the pain after spending long periods off your feet, like when you first wake up in the morning or after spending a few hours sitting at your desk.

Plantar fasciitis also causes foot pain after exercise, not during. When left untreated, plantar fasciitis may turn into a chronic pain condition. 

What happens during a plantar fasciitis evaluation?

When you visit Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates with complaints about heel pain, the team conducts a comprehensive clinical exam to determine the underlying cause.

The team reviews your symptoms, exercise habits, and daily routine. They perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of your foot. The team may request X-rays of your feet to rule out other conditions that might explain your symptoms. 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates team takes a conservative approach to the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Regular stretching of the calf muscles and plantar fascia
  • Rest until the inflammation subsides
  • Night splint
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Change in footwear
  • Shoe orthotics

Most people experience significant improvements in their plantar fasciitis within two months after starting conservative care. However, if you continue to have pain, the team may perform a steroid injection using a needling technique that breaks up the tough fibers of the plantar fascia.

For patients with a severely contracted plantar fascia, your orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates performs a partial plantar fascia release surgery to reduce tension and inflammation. 

Don’t ignore your foot pain; call Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates or book an appointment online today.