Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Sugar Land and Katy, TX
More than two million Americans see a podiatrist about plantar fasciitis each year. While there’s no cure, activity modification and healthy lifestyle changes can relieve pain and enhance mobility. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Sugar Land and Katy, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM, provides various treatments for plantar fasciitis. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.
What is plantar fasciitis?
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
- Persistent heel pain
- Pain that’s worse after exercise (not during)
- Pain in the arch of your foot
- A swollen heel
- A tight Achilles tendon
Who is at risk of plantar fasciitis?
- Being 40 or older
- Being overweight
- Running or playing sports
- Having flat feet or high arches
- Working on a hard surface, like concrete or tile
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Vargas review your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, if it extends to other parts of your body, and if it’s worse during certain activities.
Next, Dr. Vargas examine your foot, heel, and ankle looking for redness, bruising, or swelling. She presses on your heel and bottom of your foot, trying to pinpoint areas of pain or sensitivity. Dr. Vargas also asks you to walk around the exam room and perform a series of easy range of motion exercises.
Last, he orders X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones, joints, and plantar fascia. After confirming the diagnosis, Dr. Vargas make treatment recommendations.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of your symptoms and how they affect your life. Usually, Dr. Vargas recommends conservative and noninvasive measures, like maintaining a healthy weight, wearing custom orthotics, and massaging your feet.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, you might benefit from an outpatient procedure like corticosteroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or biologic therapy.
To receive treatment for plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.
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