Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

Podiatrists located in Augusta, GA

If you’re suffering from stabbing pain in your heel, it could be due to plantar fasciitis. The compassionate team at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC in Evans, Georgia offers state-of-the-art technologies and treatment techniques to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet again. To end your heel pain, call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information or schedule an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes heel pain.

Your toes are connected to your heel bone by a shock-absorbing ligament on the bottom of your foot. This thick band of tissue is called the plantar fascia ligament and supports your arch. When it becomes inflamed, it causes stabbing pain.

While the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, you can experience pain anywhere on the sole when the fascia becomes inflamed. You might also experience soles that are:

  • Stiff
  • Tender
  • Swollen or warm

Plantar fasciitis can also lead to heel spurs. Heel spurs are bony growth that forms where your inflamed ligament attaches to your heel bone.

Plantar fasciitis can make walking on hard surfaces difficult. The pain is usually worse after long periods of sitting, standing, or first thing in the morning.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Overuse or strain usually causes plantar fasciitis inflammation. This strain leads to small tears in the plantar fascia ligament, which causes inflammation.

Activities that can lead to plantar fasciitis include running, walking, and other sports requiring a lot of jumping. You can also develop plantar fasciitis from wearing poor or inadequate footwear, or from spending long hours standing or walking on hard surfaces.

Sometimes the cause of plantar fasciitis isn’t clear. Several factors can increase your risks of fascia inflammation or injury, including:

  • Foot structure or gait, especially in high arch feet
  • Being overweight
  • Exercises that stress your feet

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed and treated?

The expert team at Augusta Foot & Ankle can usually diagnose plantar fasciitis through a physical examination of your feet. During your appointment, your doctor looks for localized tenderness on the soles of your feet, especially on the heel and inside your arch.

If further testing is necessary, the facility offers state-of-the-art technologies like digital X-rays and ultrasound imaging. These tests can reveal heel spurs, fractures, and other issues that may be contributing to your discomfort.

Depending on the extent of your inflammation, your doctor might recommend several treatment options, including:

  • Ice to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy to treat and prevent future injury
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Footwear or orthotic inserts to relieve strain on the fascia ligament

The doctors of Augusta Foot & Ankle also offer new plantar fasciitis treatments like Tenex Health TX®. This minimally invasive surgical technique uses ultrasonic energy to precisely target and remove damaged tissue from the site of your injury. It also triggers your body’s natural healing response to aid your recovery.

Tenex Health TX is especially effective for plantar fasciitis that hasn’t responded to more traditional and conservative treatment options.

If you’re experiencing heel pain or discomfort on the bottoms of your feet, call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online today.