Plantar Fasciitis

Eastside Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Portland, OR & Gresham, OR

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that affects millions of American adults each year. At Eastside Foot & Ankle in Portland and Gresham, Oregon, you can count on receiving expert podiatric care. Brian M. Bowen, DPM, and Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, offer treatments that get to the root of your foot problem to eliminate your pain. The Eastside Foot & Ankle team has the expertise you need to feel better. Call either office today or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis develops when this tissue becomes inflamed.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience stabbing pains in your heels. This pain is often worse in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis is common among athletes who do a lot of running. Running can create tiny tears in your plantar fascia. Over time, these tears may cause swelling, inflammation, and foot pain.

What is the process for diagnosing plantar fasciitis?

Many health conditions can cause foot pain. At Eastside Foot & Ankle, you work with an expert podiatrist to get to the root of the problem. During your first visit, the team begins with an in-depth physical exam.

They may ask you to stand up and walk around while they observe your posture and gait. This part of the exam helps the Eastside Foot & Ankle team check for problems with your balance or movement.

The team may also recommend imaging tests, like X-rays. These tests help rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, like bone fractures.

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can be uncomfortable. Treatment often focuses on relieving pain and managing your symptoms. At Eastside Foot & Ankle, your podiatrist helps you explore your treatment options and choose the one that's right for you.

If you have plantar fasciitis, it's essential to wear comfortable shoes that fit you well. You may also need custom-fitted orthotics. Orthotics are devices that are placed inside your shoes. They can help adjust your gait and posture to relieve strain on the plantar fascia.

Night splints can also help relieve your pain. These devices are worn overnight and stretch your muscles while you sleep.

Physical therapy is also an excellent treatment option for plantar fasciitis. The Eastside Foot & Ankle team can recommend a physical therapist who specializes in treating foot problems.

If you have stubborn plantar fasciitis that doesn't respond well to these treatments, you may need surgery. The experts at Eastside Foot & Ankle have extensive experience in foot surgery. You can rest assured that you're receiving top-quality care.

Struggling with chronic heel pain? Let the podiatric team at Eastside Foot & Ankle help. Call either office today or book an appointment online.