Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

Every step can be a painful one with plantar fasciitis. At Boca Raton Podiatry Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, provide a wide range of proven-successful treatments to give you the pain relief you need. The podiatrists at Boca Raton Podiatry are experts at treating plantar fasciitis pain and offer custom orthotics, medications, and other solutions to decrease your pain level after you leave the office. Call the Boca Raton, Florida, office today or click to book here online.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Discomfort and pain in the bottom of your foot is often a sign of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis causes inflammation and swelling and makes it painful to stand and walk.

With plantar fasciitis, the ligaments that support the arch of your feet become strained, which can sometimes lead to small tears. 

The thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) running across the bottom of your foot connects your heel bone to your toes and can become inflamed. Plantar fasciitis pain usually worsens in the morning and improves when you get up and move around.

Plantar fasciitis is more prevalent in runners and other athletes. If you’re overweight or if you wear shoes without proper support, you have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by repetitive stretching and tearing of the tissue band. There isn’t always a clear cause and certain factors can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Aging
  • Certain types of exercise, such as long-distance running
  • Certain foot conditions, such as flat feet
  • Obesity
  • Occupations that involve standing on your feet for long periods of time 

The chronic heel pain of plantar fasciitis can really get in the way of your daily activities and functioning. Changing the way you walk to compensate for the pain can lead to more problems with your feet, knees, hips, or back.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Following a diagnosis, discussion of your medical history, physical examination, and any necessary imaging, such as in-office X-rays, your podiatrist might suggest an array of effective treatments for your plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Lifestyle modifications, such as nutrition counseling
  • Regular, appropriate exercising and stretching
  • Custom orthotics
  • Assistive devices (such as a cane)
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Weight loss 
  • Cold and heat therapies, such as warm compresses and ice packs
  • Medications, such as pain relievers, steroids, and anti-inflammatories 

Night splints can stretch your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. Night splints hold your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight to facilitate stretching.

In some cases, a surgical procedure might be necessary to detach the plantar fascia from your heel bone. 

Get the right support and treatments for your plantar fasciitis and call Boca Raton Podiatry or schedule online today.