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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment and Options


Plantar fasciitis is a common condition among long-distance runners, but it can affect just about anyone. Dr. Barber assists with managing plantar fasciitis pain and helps prevent it from coming back. For help getting back on your feet,  call the office in Denton, Texas, or request an appointment online today.


Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Foot Pain

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It is sometimes called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Your plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and helps absorb the shock of everyday activity. If you put a lot of stress on your feet, the ligaments may tear and become inflamed.

Long-distance runners can get plantar fasciitis if they don't vary their workouts to lessen the strain on their feet. However, the condition is not limited to runners or even people who are physically active. This problem may also affect you if you’re overweight or have to stand for extended periods at work.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes a sharp pain in the bottom of your foot. The pain is strongest when waking up or after being seated or standing for a while, and decreases as you move. You may also find the pain is worse after running, walking, or exercising, but not during these activities.

If plantar fasciitis is allowed to progress untreated, the pain becomes more intense and lasts longer.

Foot Stretch
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How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed and treated?

At Denton Podiatry, Dr. Barber examines your foot to determine if your pain is located in your plantar fascia. He may request that you do stretches to show the ligament's fitness and well-being, or have an MRI. This helps determine if you have a different foot condition.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis respond to a conservative approach to care. Dr. Barber helps you manage the pain and avoid putting further stress on your heel. With treatment, the condition improves within a a few weeks to a few months.

Depending on the severity of your pain, you may receive injections of steroid medication to reduce the inflammation. 

Your symptoms may respond to a conservative approach, including:

⦿ Taking over the counter pain medication
⦿ Stretching
⦿ Wearing Arch supports

You may benefit from activities that put less stress on your feet into your exercise routine, like swimming or cycling. 

Your footwear is a crucial part of treatment. Dr. Barber can fit you for orthotics to put in your shoes for extra support. For exercise or work, it is important to wear shoes suitable for running long distances or standing for long periods.

To get a diagnosis for heel pain and help managing plantar fasciitis, call Denton Podiatry or book an appointment online today.

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