Plantar Fasciitis

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

Plantar Fasciitis

About 1 in 10 Americans suffers from plantar fasciitis, an overuse injury that causes chronic heel pain, at some point. At Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, experienced podiatrist Joseph Domenico, DPM, and his team offer conservative, minimally invasive treatments for plantar fasciitis. Modern approaches like custom orthotics and ultrasound therapy relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and help you get back on your feet. Call Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle today to receive plantar fasciitis treatment, or book your appointment online. 

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

How can I tell if plantar fasciitis is causing my heel pain?

Various foot problems can cause heel pain, but plantar fasciitis is unique. Contact Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle if you have:

  • Sharp, stabbing heel pain
  • Heel stiffness
  • A tight Achilles tendon
  • Swelling around your heel

Plantar fasciitis pain tends to come and go. It’s most noticeable in the morning, right after awakening, and after periods of sitting or lying down. 

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the plantar fascia — a ligament that runs from your heel to your toes, supporting the arch of your foot.

Your plantar fascia is tough and durable, but it experiences daily wear-and-tear. Over the years, repetitive strain can cause small tears to form inside the plantar fascia. If these tears become inflamed, it results in intense heel pain and mobility problems.

How does a podiatrist diagnose plantar fasciitis?

Your Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle provider asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it’s worse at certain times, like in the morning. They examine your heel, looking for redness and swelling, and gently press on the bottom, sides, and back of your heel to identify sensitive areas.

Your provider orders X-rays if they suspect your symptoms are due to another condition, like heel spurs, arthritis, or a fracture.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle team treats plantar fasciitis using a conservative, minimally invasive approach. They might suggest:

  • Custom orthotics (prescription shoe inserts)
  • Taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
  • Icing your heel
  • Immobilization with a walking boot
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy

Most plantar fasciitis pain responds to one or more of these treatments, but if your symptoms continue or worsen, your provider might recommend surgery. 

There are two types of surgery used to treat plantar fasciitis. One lengthens your calf muscles, reducing tension on your Achilles tendon (gastrocnemius recession), while the other releases your plantar fascia from your heel bone (plantar fascia release). 

Can I prevent plantar fasciitis?

There’s no way to prevent plantar fasciitis entirely, but you can reduce your risk by taking care of your feet. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes, replace your sneakers at least once a year, and stretch before and after exercise.

Don’t let plantar fasciitis sideline you. Make an appointment at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle by calling the office today or booking your visit online.