Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Huntington Beach Foot Doctors

Podiatrists located in Huntington Beach, CA

Nearly 80% of the over one million doctor visits caused by chronic heel pain result in a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. If your first steps each morning leave you in agony, don’t hesitate to call or make an appointment online at the expert practice of Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis occurs when you experience pain due to your plantar fascia — the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes — becoming inflamed.

The pain associated with plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain with your first steps each morning. Your pain decreases as you continue to be active. However, after long periods of standing or sitting, the pain returns.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Small tears and repetitive stretching cause your fascia to become irritated or inflamed. While there's no exact cause, several factors can increase your chances of suffering from plantar fasciitis. These include:

  • Age: more likely to occur around 40 and 60 years of age
  • Exercises: long-distance running, ballistic jumping activities, ballet dancing, and aerobic dance
  • Foot mechanics: flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal pattern of walking
  • Obesity: excess pounds place extra stress on your feet
  • Occupations: requires you to stand a lot

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Your exam at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors begins with a review of your medical history and a thorough physical examination. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging ensure that another problem doesn't cause your pain, like a stress fracture, pinched nerve, or bone spur.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Huntington Beach Foot Doctors recommends you try several lifestyle changes, including applying ice for 20 minutes three or four times a day and over-the-counter pain medications, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce your discomfort.

However, stretching is one of the best treatments. Home exercises that stretch your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia help you keep weight off your foot and allow your initial inflammation to diminish.

If the over-the-counter remedies don’t help, Huntington Beach Foot Doctors also offers:

  • Physical therapy: to learn additional helpful exercises
  • Night Splints: stretches your calf and foot while you sleep
  • Orthotics: arch supports help evenly distribute pressure to your feet
  • Injections: steroid medication injected into the tender area of your foot to provide pain relief
  • Surgery: detaches your plantar fascia from your heel bone

If foot pain is making it difficult for you to get out of bed, call or make an appointment online today at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.