Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

West Suburban Podiatry

Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons located in Western Springs, IL

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects one out of every 10 people. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis symptoms, let the specialists at West Suburban Podiatry in Western Springs, Illinois, determine the right treatment for you. The practice offers many safe and effective treatments for plantar fasciitis like orthotics. To speak with a doctor about your symptoms, call or book your appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis happens due to inflammation of the plantar fascia — a band of tissue that runs along the bottoms of your feet. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain at the bottom of the foot
  • Heel pain
  • Pain that increases after activity

Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain that’s typically worse when stepping out of bed in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. 

Who gets plantar fasciitis?

Issues like tension, stress, and repeated stress causes small tears in your plantar fascia, leading to irritation and inflammation. Several factors can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis like:

  • Obesity
  • Certain physical activities
  • Jobs that require long periods of walking or standing

Your risk of plantar fasciitis increases with age; most develop the condition after the age of 40. Certain biomechanical foot problems like flat feet or an abnormal walking pattern can also increase your risk of plantar fasciitis.  

Without proper treatment, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain and affect your mobility. If you suffer from signs of plantar fasciitis, the foot and ankle specialists at West Suburban Podiatry can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective pain relief. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Your podiatrist diagnoses plantar fasciitis with a physical exam and review of your medical history in most cases. During the assessment, your doctor feels for areas of pain and tenderness in your foot. 

In some cases, your doctor may suggest imaging tests like an MRI or X-ray to rule out other possible causes of your heel pain. After your diagnosis, you and your podiatrist work together to develop the best treatment plan for your condition. 

What treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?

Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. The specialists at West Suburban Podiatry may help patients achieve long-term pain relief with orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that improve the structure and mechanics of your foot. 

In addition to orthotics, West Suburban Podiatry offers several conservative treatments like:

  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • MLS cold laser therapy

If conservative treatment isn’t sufficient for your plantar fasciitis, the practice also offers surgical options. The surgeons at West Suburban Podiatry have experience performing a wide range of foot procedures, including minimally invasive surgery. 

To learn more about treating your plantar fasciitis, book your appointment by phone or schedule online today.