Plantar Fasciitis Specialist
If you have nagging, stabbing pain in your heel, it could the trademark sign of plantar fasciitis. Dr. Homam Badri, practicing at the One Oak Medical offices in Wayne and Paramus, New Jersey, and the other orthopedic doctors at the practice treat this inflammation of the plantar fascia using state-of-the-art technology. Call the office or book a consultation online today to have your plantar fasciitis diagnosed and treated.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a large ligament underneath the sole of your foot that connects the front of your foot to your heel. When this ligament becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress, you experience the pain of plantar fasciitis. Repeated stress over time causes microtears in the fibers of the ligament.
Causes of stress to the plantar fascia include:
- Excessive running or walking
- Poorly fitting footwear
- Landing hard from a jump
- Certain diseases, including reactive arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most recognizable symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain near your heel on the bottom of your foot. As you move throughout your day, and even while exercising, the pain might dissipate, but it can be unusually severe first thing in the morning, after long periods of sitting or standing, or following exercise.
What increases the risk of developing plantar fasciitis?
While anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, certain people are at greater risk. Risk factors include:
- Engaging in exercises like distance running, jumping, ballet, and aerobic dance
- Being between the ages of 40-60
- Having a job that keeps you on your feet
- Foot mechanics that include a flat foot or high arch
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Typically, your heel pain is enough for Dr. Badri and the team at One Oak Medical to make a diagnosis. In some cases, however, they may order a diagnostic imaging test to make sure your pain isn’t due to another cause such as a pinched nerve.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Dr. Badri treats plantar fasciitis with nonsurgical options first. These conservative therapies include:
- Stretching or strengthening exercises and physical therapy
- Night splints to stretch the calf and arch of your foot
- Custom-fitted arch supports
In some cases, steroid injections or medications may also help ease your pain. Dr. Badri also recommends taking a break from aggravating exercise or activities.
Surgery that detaches the plantar fascia from the heel bone is necessary occasionally. If your plantar fasciitis requires surgery, Dr. Badri is an accomplished surgeon who can help relieve your pain successfully to restore your quality of life.
Learn how to overcome the pain and irritation of plantar fasciitis by calling One Oak Medical or booking an online appointment today.