Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment, Symptoms, and Prevention

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes, known as the plantar fascia. The vast majority of patients experience relief through conservative treatment (i.e. non-surgical).

The plantar fascia runs along the bottom of the foot. Injury and overuse may cause it to swell and become painful. Only around 5 percent of plantar fasciitis patients require surgery.

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For Plantar Fasciitis Injury and Heel Pain Treatment – Call our office (480) 497-3946 if you have questions or to make an appointment with Dr. Jarman.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp pain in the heel. Typically, pain is worse when you first put weight on the foot after a long period of rest, such as first thing in the morning. The pain lessens once you move around a bit.

Patients may experience worsening pain after prolonged periods of exercise or other weight-bearing activities. Pain usually improves with rest. However, some patients experience pain throughout the day, even when not using the affected foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is overuse, followed by acute injury to the plantar fascia. Other causes include:

  • Wearing footwear that does not provide proper support
  • Regularly running, jogging, or walking for long distances
  • Being overweight
  • Standing on your feet for long periods
  • Bone spur on the heel
  • High-impact exercise such as basketball, gymnastics, and dance
  • Flat feet or high arches

You may also experience plantar fasciitis if you suddenly increase your level of physical activity.

Doctor checking foot

Can Plantar Fasciitis be Treated Without Surgery?

Yes, there are multiple treatment options for plantar fasciitis. And again, the vast majority of patients do not require surgery.
Common plantar fasciitis treatments include:

  • Applying ice or cold packs to the affected area at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Resting the foot for at least one week
  • Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Orthotic inserts to support the foot
  • Wearing shoes that provide greater support
  • Performing careful stretching exercises before and after weight-bearing activities
  • A night splint (worn while sleeping) that keeps the foot stretched at night

Your doctor may also recommend healthy lifestyle changes, particularly weight loss, to reduce pressure on the foot and therefore the plantar fascia.

Typically, your podiatrist will recommend following your treatment plan for at least six months before even considering surgery. Conservative treatment works for around 95 percent of patients.

Can You Prevent Plantar Fasciitis?

The best ways to prevent plantar fasciitis are to wear shoes that offer proper support and to maintain a healthy weight.

Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis

After performing the physical exam, Dr. Weintrub orders diagnostic tests of your feet. Typically, this means an x-ray, but it could also be an MRI or CT scan. If tests reveal plantar fasciitis, the doctor begins treatment.

If you have recurrent heel pain, call Preferred Foot & Ankle today at 480-497-3946.

Great Experience! I highly recommend going here. Dr Jarman was a delight to work with. I loved his conservative approach. He tried everything to heal my heel spur and plantar facilities before he recommended surgery. I unfortunately had inflammation 3x the normal size on the plantar band that continued to get worse. This is very rare and I ended up having to have surgery. Thankfully it was such a smooth and easy process…. 4 weeks later and I’m fully recovered. I’m walking again with zero pain.

I should have followed his directions on coming to him right away if the second round of orthotics didn’t make the pain go away after a few months. I was too stubborn and didn’t want to have surgery. I kick myself waiting as long as I did because the pain went from my left to my right but way worse! I was overcompensating and couldn’t walk at all! I hope this helps others learn to listen to his recommendations. He knows what he’s doing, he’s good at it and not one thing he said wasn’t true. If you want your pain to go away- listen and follow. I’m truly grateful to be pain free after 2 1/2 years. The staff is awesome as well.

The only thing I’ll warn you about is the steroid injection in your foot… don’t look, hold your breathe or squeeze the chair hard because they do not feel good going in BUT they help so much and provide instant relief that’s needed when your on your feet all day. Although, my pain tolerance is terrible so you can be the judge for yourself. I’m sure if Dr. Jarman is reading this he would agree. LOL

Melissa Parsel, Google Review

I’m so happy with the service this doctor office provided. I called a week ago with horrible plantar fasciitis foot pain and I was lucky enough to get in same day. When I got there the front staff was super nice. Going back a staff member named Rhett took my x-rays and was very nice. I saw Dr. Mikkel Jarman and he very knowledgeable and showed real care with my diagnosis. Definitely recommend this office!

Casey Ribble, Google Reviews

I had an appointment last week which was my very first appointment with a podiatrist in my entire (almost 70 years) life. I have been suffering with what I believed to be plantar fasciitis for several months and have tried most of the remedies I could find on the web to no great avail so I threw in the towel and went to the doc. I was very impressed by the friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism of every team member at preferred foot and ankle specialists. I was especially Impressed with the way Dr. Weintrub does his diagnostics and with the way he completely explains everything and answers any questions you may have. He also does everything in steps which I like very much. from my experience so far I will recommend Preferred foot and Ankle Specialists to anyone that has foot and or ankle problems. signed Happy Camper Mike Annala

Mike Annala, Google Reviews

I suffered with plantar fasciitis for a very long time before seeking treatment. I attempted to find a resolution on my own with compression socks, different shoes, online advise etc., before finally contacting Preferred Foot & Ankle Specialists. I was able to get an appointment with Dr. Weintrub the following day. From the front office staff, xray technicians and doctors, this office is extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Weintrub walked me through the causes of plantar fasciitis, and explained his treatment plan for my care, and within one week I felt so much better! My only regret through this entire process was that I wished I would have contacted them sooner. I HIGHLY recommend this facility to anyone with foot pain .. you would be hard-pressed to find a better group of doctors !!!!

Lori Goerndt, Google Reviews

I found Dr Jarman through yelp and was glad to see they are in my network. The staff is very friendly and the office is pleasant and clean. Dr Jarman was very informative and took the time to explain what was wrong with my foot and why.

I have had 2 heel injections for chronic plantar fasciitis and just received my orthotics 5 days ago.

I just completed my first 12 hour shift in my steel toe shoes with the orthotics from Dr Jarman. This is the first time in a long time I am pain free! It feels like a miracle! No more limping to the car after my shift is over. I can’t believe I dealt with so much pain for so long before making an appointment.

Stacy M., Yelp Reviews