Plantar fasciitis is known for causing severe foot pain among patients of all ages, although it typically occurs in older adults or athletes. If you have unexplained foot pain or haven't had success with prior plantar fasciitis treatment, make an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado. With his specialized training in plantar fasciitis treatment, Hani Saeed, DPM, can help resolve your foot pain once and for all. Use the convenient online scheduling system to book your visit, or call the office to schedule.
You have a long band of soft fibrous tissues that connect your heels to your toes. This is known as the plantar fascia. When your plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it generally causes discomfort, a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
It is sometimes unclear what causes plantar fasciitis, but you may be more likely to develop this painful condition if you:
Because plantar fasciitis can disrupt your daily activities and impact your quality of life, it’s important to start treatment as soon as you notice symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis is known for causing a dull to stabbing sensation in the bottom of your foot near your heel. Most plantar fasciitis sufferers experience the worst of their pain first thing in the morning, or right after getting out of bed.
You might also be able to tell that you have plantar fasciitis if you experience foot pain that intensifies after exercise. Even long periods of standing can cause plantar fasciitis to flare up. Dr. Saeed can usually make a plantar fasciitis diagnosis by going over your symptoms. In some cases, he may also order an X-ray image to make sure there isn’t another concurrent issue that’s causing your discomfort.
The best plantar fasciitis treatment depends on your specific symptoms and pain level. Dr. Saeed often combines supportive and regenerative treatments together for optimal pain relief. For instance, he could start you out with custom-designed orthotics to give your arch more support — especially if you’re flat-footed.
Then he might have you get started with extracorporeal shockwave (ESW) or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®). These non-invasive therapies use energy waves to penetrate soft tissues and stimulate your body’s healing response.
Wearing night splints or going through physical therapy is beneficial if you have a moderate to severe case of plantar fasciitis. If your pain continues or if it worsens, you may need anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections to minimize plantar fasciitis discomfort.
If you have plantar fasciitis or unexplained foot pain, schedule an evaluation at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center. Book either online or over the phone.