Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Greenwood, IN

If you experience chronic heel pain and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatment, you probably have plantar fasciitis. More than 2 million Americans visit the doctor for plantar fasciitis each year. At Greenwood Foot Clinic, board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon Mark Lazar, DPM and his team provide diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis. To make an appointment, call our office or request an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes chronic heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia––a band of soft tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot––develops small tears. Daily activities, like walking, running, and climbing stairs cause inflammation, resulting in pain and mobility issues.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is intense heel pain. The pain caused by plantar fasciitis typically occurs during rest. For example, if you have plantar fasciitis, you might experience intense heel pain first thing in the morning. You might also have flare-ups after extended periods of sitting or standing.

Who is at risk of plantar fasciitis?

Various factors could increase your risk of plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Being between the ages of 40-60
  • Activities that place stress on your heel, like running
  • Having flat feet or high arches
  • Weight issues

You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if your job requires you to stay on your feet. For example, if you’re a waitress or a construction worker. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic diagnoses plantar fasciitis during an in-office visit.

Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if certain activities like work or exercise, make them worse. Next, your provider examines your heel, foot, and ankle. During the exam, they look for redness, swelling, or bruising, and press on your heel to identify the area of your discomfort.

If these steps don’t provide enough information, your provider orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These procedures capture photos of your hard and soft tissues, making it easy for the team to identify wear-and-tear or inflammation.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on several factors, including your age and the intensity of the symptoms. The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic might recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • A walking boot, cane, or crutches
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Ultrasonic tissue repair

If your heel pain persists or worsens, the team might recommend surgery. During surgery, your provider uses special tools to release your plantar fascia from your heel bone.

To see if you can benefit from plantar fasciitis treatment, make an appointment by calling Greenwood Foot Clinic or requesting an appointment online today.

Greenwood Foot Clinic
720 Fry Rd, Ste A, Greenwood, IN 46142