Cedars Foot and Ankle Center
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Tarzana, CA & Inglewood, CA
If your heel pain grows so bad that it disrupts your daily life, you may have plantar fasciitis. At Cedars Foot and Ankle Center, dedicated podiatrist Ashkan Soleymani, DPM, uses cutting-edge plantar fasciitis treatment solutions to end your heel pain and get you back to your normal activities. There are two offices in Inglewood and Tarzana, California, so call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive use injury affecting the plantar fascia, the tissue that spans the bottom of your foot. This thick ligament connects the heel and toes and offers shock absorption during physical activity. Your plantar fascia sustains a lot of stress every day as you stand, walk, and go about your daily routine.
Over an extended period, this continued stress can cause inflammation and microscopic tears within the plantar fascia, leading to plantar fasciitis.
What does plantar fasciitis feel like?
Plantar fasciitis can cause severe heel pain. Some common characteristics of plantar fasciitis pain include:
- Peaks with your first steps of the day
- Improves through the day
- Worsens after exercise
- Burning sensation
- Stabbing sensation
While plantar fasciitis pain occurs mainly within the heel, it can also move into the front area of your arch. Plantar fasciitis usually occurs in only one foot.
Who is at risk for plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can affect almost anyone but is most common at age 40-60. Athletes are especially likely to develop plantar fasciitis, with distance runners and other high-impact sports participants having the highest risk.
Other factors that may increase your risk of plantar fasciitis include extra weight, flatfoot, high arches, and a history of foot injuries.
What is the treatment plan for plantar fasciitis?
At Cedars Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Soleymani develops personalized plantar fasciitis treatment plans. In many cases, plantar fasciitis improves with a period of rest and prescription exercises. Custom orthotics can also help to lessen the stress on your plantar fascia and relieve your heel pain.
If your heel pain continues or worsens, Dr. Soleymani may recommend an in-office treatment such as shockwave therapy, which stimulates healing of your plantar fascia tissue.
If you experience severe plantar fasciitis that doesn't respond to other treatments, Dr. Soleymani may recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure with the Topaz◊ Microdebrider Coblation Wand. This procedure creates tiny holes in the plantar fascia, which eases pressure and relieves your pain.
You need not undergo a major surgical procedure to achieve plantar fasciitis pain relief. Dr. Soleymani works with you to find the solution that eliminates your pain effectively.
If you have persistent heel pain, call Cedars Foot and Ankle Center or schedule an appointment online today to ask about the plantar fasciitis treatment options available.