Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

American Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of heel pain for men and women throughout Scottsdale and Sun City, Arizona. As leaders in effective plantar fasciitis therapies, the podiatrist team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists can help resolve your discomfort. With in-office designed custom orthotics, individualized stretching exercises, and everything in-between, you have plenty of options for plantar fasciitis relief. Schedule your plantar fasciitis evaluation with the online booking feature or call the clinic to speak with a team member.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The long band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia. While your plantar fascia is supposed to act as a shock absorber and is durable enough to bear the brunt of your entire body weight, it can easily become inflamed with overuse or injury. This condition, known as plantar fasciitis, causes:

  • Stabbing or throbbing across the bottom of your feet
  • Foot or heel pain after standing or walking for long periods
  • Discomfort after taking your first steps after sleep

For most plantar fasciitis sufferers, foot pain worsens shortly after exercise, rather than during physical activity.

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

Even though athletes, especially runners and dancers, are notorious for developing issues with plantar fasciitis, your painful and uncomfortable symptoms can arise because of other factors, too. You can develop plantar fasciitis as a result of being:

  • Obese or overweight
  • Between ages 40-60
  • On your feet all day for work

Plus, if you have flat feet, you’re more likely to struggle with plantar fasciitis issues.

How do you treat plantar fasciitis?

Treating plantar fasciitis involves a combination of therapies to decrease inflammation and to support your foot. Your customized plantar fasciitis treatment plan from American Foot & Ankle Specialists can include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Athletic taping
  • Cortisone injections
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy

Most plantar fasciitis sufferers start noticing some relief within a few days of starting their treatment plan.

Do I need surgery for plantar fasciitis?

While the team of leading podiatrists at American Foot & Ankle Specialists offer plenty of innovative solutions for helping with plantar fasciitis issues, you could need surgery as a last resort. Plantar fasciitis surgery can be as simple as using minimally invasive measures to remove inflammatory scar tissue, or as complex as releasing your plantar fascia through arthroscopic surgery.

Since plantar fasciitis surgery can sometimes weaken the arch of your foot, generally the team only recommends it if your condition is getting worse and you’ve exhausted all other options.

Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation and get started on treatment at American Foot & Ankle Specialists today. Schedule either online or over the phone.