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Plantar Fasciitis

Podiatrists in Sugar Land and Katy, TX
Plantar Fasciitis

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, and Dr. Vanessa Marcelo, DPM provide various treatments for plantar fasciitis. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

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 and Dr. Marcelo 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 and Dr. Marcelo 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, she 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 and Dr. Marcelo 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 and Dr. Marcelo recommend 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.