Plantar Fasciitis

Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Oklahoma City, OK

As one of the leading causes of heel pain and chronic foot discomfort, plantar fasciitis can make every step you take seem incredibly uncomfortable. Before your next plantar fasciitis flare-up occurs, schedule an evaluation at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute. The practice’s state-of-the-art Oklahoma City-based podiatry clinics are home to some of the most advanced solutions to help you get the plantar fasciitis relief you need. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation online or call either clinic directly.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is the cause of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition that means that your plantar fascia — the band of connective tissues that connect your heels to your toes — is inflamed. Some men and women have higher chances of suffering from plantar fasciitis due to their inherited foot structure. For instance, if you have flat feet or high arches, you’re more likely to struggle with plantar fasciitis.

Your chances of developing plantar fasciitis are also higher due to:

  • Being overweight
  • Wearing unsupportive shoes
  • Working on your feet all day
  • Overuse due to exercise or sports

Plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of foot pain, particularly heel pain. Because plantar fasciitis discomfort is likely going to worsen without proper treatment, you need to have your feet evaluated as soon as possible.


Which symptoms are related to plantar fasciitis?

You have dozens of bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissues in each of your feet. A lot of issues can arise that can lead to foot, arch, and heel pain. What makes plantar fasciitis discomfort so unique is that flare-ups tend to occur as soon as you get out of bed or after you get up after sitting for long periods.

Upon taking your first steps after a period of inactivity, you may experience stabbing or aching pain. The more you move around, the more your plantar fascia stretches and your discomfort starts to subside.

If you move around too much, though, like walking or standing at work, your foot, arch, and heel pain is likely going to return. This on-and-off again symptoms are telltale signs that you likely have plantar fasciitis.

 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The leading podiatrists at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute can diagnose you right in the office by evaluating your feet, discussing your symptoms, and gathering digital X-ray images. Once your dedicated practitioner understands your specific condition and how it affects you from day-to-day, they can design your treatment plan. You can usually get relief from plantar fasciitis with:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Daily stretching exercises
  • Activity modification
  • Shoe changes

At Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute, you can even get a biomechanical analysis of each of your feet, which is used to fabricate custom supportive orthotic inserts. Occasionally, though, surgery is needed to permanently resolve plantar fasciitis.

This surgery involves releasing your plantar fascia using minimally invasive techniques, so the connective band can no longer tense up and cause you pain. Your dedicated podiatrist only recommends plantar fasciitis surgery as a last resort if conservative therapies aren’t providing relief.

Get plantar fasciitis relief as soon as possible by booking your evaluation at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Institute today. Schedule online or over the phone.