If you have ongoing heel pain, especially right after getting out of bed, you probably have plantar fasciitis. At Foot & Ankle Institute, you can have a comprehensive plantar fasciitis evaluation with our board-certified foot and ankle specialists, in Katy and West Houston, Texas. You can conveniently book your plantar fasciitis exam online at any time, or you can call our offices to book an appointment.

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that leads to chronic inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue that runs across your arch — your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes, and although it’s designed to stretch, it can certainly be prone to wear-and-tear. Plantar fasciitis tends to progress gradually, especially if you don’t get it treated early on.

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis may be something you’re prone to developing because of inherited traits of your foot structure, like flat feet or high arches. But plantar fasciitis can also be caused or worsened by:

  • Training on hard or uneven surfaces
  • Working on your feet all day
  • Having heel spurs
  • Being overweight

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common pain issues athletes face. If you regularly exercise, run, or participate in sporting activities, you put added strain on your plantar fascia, which can lead to chronic inflammation.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can affect you daily, or it can flare up on certain occasions. In either case, it’s important to schedule a plantar fasciitis evaluation at Foot & Ankle Institute if you experience:

  • Foot pain or soreness
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Pain after periods of inactivity, like sleeping

Our doctors can often diagnose you right in the office, so you can get started on treatment right away.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Your plantar fasciitis treatment plan from Foot & Ankle Institute is likely going to combine several pain-relieving solutions, including:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Physical therapy or specialized stretches
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Custom-molded orthotics
  • Strapping and taping
  • Specialized padding
  • Night splints

Usually, plantar fasciitis starts to improve after starting conservative treatments. Plantar fasciitis surgery is rare, but sometimes, it’s the best solution to release an abnormally tight plantar fascia or to remove a heel spur. In any case, you have plenty of options for plantar fasciitis relief with Foot & Ankle Institute.

If you have a history of plantar fasciitis pain, you have options for relief at Foot & Ankle Institute. Book your plantar fasciitis exam online or call our offices to schedule.