Plantar Fasciitis

Premier Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Somerset, NJ

One of the most common complaints among men and women who come to Premier Foot & Ankle Center is chronic arch and heel pain. This condition, known as plantar fasciitis, requires prompt medical attention for pain relief, and board-certified podiatrist Jade Gittens, DPM, can help. Dr. Gittens provides comprehensive plantar fasciitis solutions right in her Somerset, New Jersey, clinic. Get relief from plantar fasciitis by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the clinic.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis leads to heel and arch pain that can make everyday tasks unbearable. You tend to develop heel and arch pain right when you take your first steps after waking up or getting up from a seated position. Once you start walking around a bit, the pain usually starts to subside.

It’s also common for plantar fasciitis to flare up shortly after a workout, but it doesn’t usually bother you during exercise. In any case, plantar fasciitis tends to cause stabbing or throbbing foot pain that primarily surrounds your heel.

What are the risk factors for plantar fasciitis?

If you experience symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it’s a sign that your plantar fascia is inflamed. This long band of connective tissue links your toes to your heel bone and acts like a shock absorber with each step you take.

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is overpronation. In this case, your foot rolls inward while walking. This causes your foot to flatten, which lengthens your arch and puts tension on your plantar fascia. Other risk factors that can lead to plantar fasciitis include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being between ages 40-60
  • Having naturally flat feet

You’re also more likely to struggle with plantar fasciitis if you’re a runner, or you work in a field where you’re on your feet for long periods of time.

Is there treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Absolutely. Dr. Gittens understands how debilitating plantar fasciitis can be, so she spends time evaluating your condition, as well as your lifestyle, so the two of you can work together to find pain-relieving solutions that are best for you. Your plantar fasciitis treatment is likely going to include increasing your arch support through:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Night splints
  • Foot and ankle braces

Many plantar fasciitis sufferers get further relief by going through extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) to heal inflamed tissue and relieve pain. Not only does Dr. Gittens teach you stretching exercises that can alleviate or even prevent pain, she also counsels you on proper footwear for minimizing plantar fasciitis pain, since walking barefoot can worsen your condition.

Before your plantar fasciitis pain persists another day, see what the team at Premier Foot & Ankle Center can do to help. Schedule an evaluation either online or over the phone.