Plantar Fasciitis

Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey

Podiatry located in Cherry Hill, NJ

If you have to ease yourself out of bed each morning to reduce the immediate pain that shoots through your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, provide expert diagnosis and treatments to relieve plantar fasciitis, including steroid injections, ultrasound treatments, and cold laser therapy. Don’t wait for your foot pain to go away on its own, call or make an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent, painful foot problem that develops when the connective tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot is inflamed. Plantar fasciitis usually causes sharp, shooting pain in your heel during your first steps as you get out of bed. Your pain usually subsides throughout the day as you move around. However, you may experience the stabbing heel pain after periods of sitting or standing still.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia absorbs shock along the arch of your foot. You can damage your fascia by putting too much stress or tension on it. Over time, small tears irritate the tissue and can cause painful inflammation. For example, runners often develop plantar fasciitis because they not only put a lot of pressure on their feet when they run, but if they don’t stretch properly, tightness in their calves can pull on the plantar fascia and exacerbate tissue injuries.

Some of the factors that increase your risk of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having flat feet or a high arch
  • Having an abnormal walking gait
  • Participating in sports or activities that involve running and jumping
  • Having an occupation that keeps you on your feet all day

If you have pain in your heels or along the bottom of your feet, make an appointment at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey for expert diagnosis and treatment.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey begin your treatment with a comprehensive physical exam which may include imaging tests to rule out other conditions that could contribute to your pain.

After confirming your diagnosis, your podiatrist creates a customized treatment plan to heal your fascia, treat the issue causing the irritation, and relieve your pain. For example, your treatment plan may include:

  • Nighttime splints
  • Daytime orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Tenex Health TX® treatments
  • Dry needling

Your treatment plan may consist of a variety of therapies to optimize your treatment and get you back to a pain-free active life.

Call Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey or schedule a consultation online today for expert treatments for plantar fasciitis.