Plantar fasciitis can be agonizing, but you don’t have to manage painful flare-ups alone. Highly skilled podiatrist Navrit Randhawa, DPM, and his colleagues at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center in Carteret, New Jersey, encourage you to arrange a plantar fasciitis evaluation if you experience persistent or recurring heel or foot pain, tenderness or swelling, limited range of motion, and/or difficulty bearing weight on your feet. Call Carteret Foot & Ankle Center to request a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Plantar fasciitis is a primary cause of heel pain, so there’s a good chance your discomfort results from this chronic condition. To be sure, you should visit Carteret Foot & Ankle Center for an expert diagnosis. Experienced podiatrists perform a comprehensive exam and order in-office X-rays or ultrasound diagnostic imaging to rule out other conditions.
The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue stretching from your heel bones to your toes, supporting your arches. Plantar fascia damage causes severe tenderness in the heel that’s typically worse when arising in the morning or after a prolonged period of sitting.
The discomfort wears off as you move, but with continued exercise, it can worsen again, making walking difficult.
Women are over twice as likely to suffer from this condition as men, but it can affect anyone at any age. Without treatment, plantar fasciitis usually worsens.
Your plantar fascia stretches and absorbs shock, but years of wear-and-tear can overstrain the tissues, causing painful inflammation and soreness in the heel. Other risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:
The risk of plantar fasciitis is higher if your work requires you to stand or walk all day — teachers, factory workers, and postal workers often develop plantar fasciitis. This is especially likely if you wear unsupportive footwear.
After diagnosing plantar fasciitis and assessing the condition’s severity, your podiatrist discusses your symptoms and designs a personalized treatment plan that might include:
Patients with severe plantar fasciitis that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments might require surgery.
The highly skilled Carteret Foot & Ankle Center podiatrists use minimally invasive surgical techniques to release (cut) the plantar fascia, relieving tension and inflammation. They can also remove heel spurs and make other essential repairs to restore your mobility and quality of life.
Call Carteret Foot & Ankle Center to speak with a team member about a plantar fasciitis evaluation, or use the online booking form to request an appointment today.