Plantar Fasciitis

Kalmar Family Podiatry

Podiatry & Podiatric Surgeons located in Huntington, NY

Plantar fasciitis can cause severe heel pain and may affect your ability to walk. The expert team at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, offers a range of effective treatments for plantar fasciitis that can relieve your pain and help restore normal function. Find out more about plantar fasciitis treatments by calling Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, causing pain in the heel. The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue that starts at your heel and ends at your toes, and it supports the arch of your foot. If the plantar fascia gets overstressed or irritated, that can lead to inflammation and the pain of plantar fasciitis.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The inflammation that leads to plantar fasciitis can stem from a number of causes, all of which exert undue pressure on the plantar fascia. Typical reasons you might develop plantar fasciitis include:

  • Having flat feet, where your arch is in contact with the ground
  • Wearing shoes that don’t support your feet adequately
  • Having high arches
  • Walking on hard surfaces barefoot or in unsupportive footwear such as flip-flops
  • Having a job that requires you to be on your feet all day
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Running without adequate preparation or to excess

Your feet have to carry the weight of your entire body, so being overweight, not supporting your feet with appropriate footwear, and not giving your feet enough rest can add to the strain on the plantar fascia. Not taking good care of your feet can cause several painful foot problems apart from plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If you have plantar fasciitis, the obvious symptom is the pain on the bottom of your heel. The pain may spread into the arch of your foot, and there may be swelling in the heel and arch. Walking can become extremely painful.

Patients with plantar fasciitis typically report the pain is worse when they get out of bed in the morning, or if they’ve been sat down for a few hours. The pain may make it hard to walk on the affected foot at first, but it often eases as you get moving. If you continue to be active for a prolonged period, then the pain may come back.

Is there anything I can do to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis?

There are several ways in which you can ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. Rolling a frozen water bottle helps soothe inflammation, and you should rest the foot as much as you can without being immobile.

Stretching your calf muscles helps strengthen your heels, and you should always wear footwear that supports your feet correctly. You can also buy supportive over-the-counter insoles or, better yet, get custom orthotics that help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis and support your feet.

How does a podiatrist treat plantar fasciitis?

If you’ve tried home treatments and you’re not getting relief from the pain, don’t delay in contacting a foot specialist at Kalmar Family Podiatry. The experienced team of podiatrists can offer several treatment options for healing your plantar fascia and reducing the pain, including:

  • Custom made orthotics
  • Steroid injections
  • Shockwave therapy
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections)
  • Surgery

If you have heel pain, let the caring team at Kalmar Family Podiatry ease your discomfort and find a permanent solution to the problem. Call the office today, or book an appointment online.