Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Sugar Land , 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 Specialists, with located in Sugar Land, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM,  provides various treatments for plantar fasciitis. Book an appointment by calling our office or scheduling online today.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes chronic heel pain, making it difficult to walk and exercise. It occurs when the plantar fascia –– a band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes –– experiences microtrauma due to general wear-and-tear. Over time, small tears in the plantar fascia become inflamed, resulting in pain and poor mobility

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
  • 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
If you have plantar fasciitis, you might also experience heel pain that’s worse in the morning, right after waking up.

Who is at risk of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis affects people from all walks of life, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
  • 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
You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if your job requires you to stay on your feet for long periods.

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 Specialists by calling our office or booking online today.

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Client Testimonials

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Helen H.
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I cannot fault my experience here. It was my first time at a foot specialist. Dr Marcielo was delightful, proficient and talked me gently through the procedure. Melanie the nurse was equally kind and caring. They even called me the next day to check on me. First class!
Claudia Q.
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Dr Vargas gave me back my health... my foot was very painful that i could barely walk and I couldn’t even drive. He recommended 8 laser treatments and orthotics and after the 3rd laser treatment I was able to drive. The orthotics he gave me are amazing!!! That is all I use in all my shoes now.
Robin C.
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Staff is always professional and personal. I've been going there for about 10 yrs now and I have always been happy with all results. Dr. Vargas and associates are always thorough and listen to my explanations. Thank you all
Sam B.
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Dr. Vargas and all his staff from the front desk to the back office have always been very professional and very helpful and doing all with a smile. Thank you Dr. Vargas to you and all your staff
Larry J.
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This was my first time visit. They came highly recommended and I will be coming back for my complete foot care going forward. Great service.
Mery V.
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Best Doctor in Houston! Thanks Dr Vargas for the surgical intervention, for you I am already walking. Everyone in your office is super nice and super quick to serve me. Super clean office. Really the knowledge of the Doctor is the best. A bilingual Dr who speaks perfect my Spanish language. I recommend it.