Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Live Oak, TX

Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Live Oak, TX

Each year, over 2 million Americans visit a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis. If you experience persistent heel pain that interferes with your work or ability to exercise, it’s vital to get treated. At Greater San Antonio Podiatry, experienced podiatrist Rolando Santellana, DPM, provides comprehensive care for plantar fasciitis. To make an appointment, call the office in Live Oak, Texas, or book online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury that often affects runners and other athletes. It occurs when small tears form in the plantar fascia –– a band of thick tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. Over time, these tears become inflamed, causing intense heel pain. 

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain at the bottom of your heel
  • Pain in the arch of your foot
  • Pain that’s worse after sitting or lying down
  • Pain that’s worse after exercise (instead of during it)
  • A tight Achilles tendon
  • A swollen heel

As the condition worsens, you might also experience difficulty standing up, walking, or exercising.

Who is at risk of plantar fasciitis?

Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Being overweight
  • Having an underlying foot problem, like flat feet or high arches
  • Playing sports that put stress on your heel, like dancing or running

You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you work a physically demanding job. That’s especially true if you spend most of the day standing on hard surfaces, like concrete.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Santellana reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including if they’re worse at certain times of the day, like first thing in the morning, and if they respond to at-home treatment, like ice or rest.

Next, Dr. Santellana examines your feet, heels, and ankles. He looks for swelling, bruising, or redness and conducts various tests to check your muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Dr. Santellana might also order X-rays to look at the alignment of the bones and joints in your feet. After confirming the diagnosis, Dr. Santellana makes treatment recommendations.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on various factors, including your age, the intensity of your symptoms, and their effect on your life. Still, Dr. Santellana recommends conservative and noninvasive treatment whenever possible. He might recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Night splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • At-home stretches
  • At-home strengthening exercises
  • A walking boot, cane, or crutches
  • Corticosteroid injections

If your symptoms persist or worsen, Dr. Santellana may recommend surgery to help resolve the condition.

To explore the different treatment options for plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at Greater San Antonio Podiatry by calling the office or booking online today.