Plantar Fasciitis

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

If you experience stabbing pain in your feet when you take your first steps in the morning, you’re likely dealing with plantar fasciitis. The good news is that this condition is highly treatable, especially when you have the right care. At Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Trevor Haynes offers specialized care of heel pain and works with his patients in Sandy and Portland, Oregon, to bring them relief. To learn more about plantar fasciitis, call one of the offices or use the online scheduling tool.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. The tissue is strung extremely taut in order to provide support for your arches — which arguably means that this tissue plays no small role in the support of your entire body.

When the tissue develops tiny tears, it can become inflamed, which is what leads to plantar fasciitis. The condition may also include heel spurs.

The hallmark of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain in your heels or along your foot, especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or when you walk after a long period of rest. The pain is usually short-lived, dissipating after a few steps.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is a problem with the structure of your foot, typically overly high arches or flatfoot.

Outside of the structure, there are many factors that may put you more at risk of developing plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Spending long periods on your feet
  • Improper footwear
  • Obesity
  • Age (the condition typically develops between 40 and 60)
  • Concussive exercise, such as running

While plantar fasciitis isn’t especially dangerous, it can worsen over time, which makes a visit to Dr. Haynes a good idea.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

After Dr. Haynes confirms plantar fasciitis by reviewing your symptoms and using advanced imaging, if necessary, he comes up with a treatment plan that will help you jump out of bed each morning without excruciating pain. This plan usually includes a combination of the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stretching exercises
  • Icing
  • Orthotics and night splints
  • Lifestyle changes

Plantar fasciitis usually responds well to treatment, but you need to do your part by following Dr. Haynes’s instructions. The exercises he provides will help enormously in releasing the tightness in your plantar fascia, and the medications and ice help reduce the inflammation.

If your plantar fasciitis persists, Dr. Haynes may recommend a corticosteroid injection or recommend shockwave therapy which can be done in the office without any anesthesia or downtime.

To put an end to plantar fasciitis, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates or request an appointment today using the online scheduling tool. Same-day appointments are available for your convenience.