Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Nashville Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Hendersonville, TN & Nashville, TN & Gallatin, TN

If you’re experiencing a stabbing heel pain when you get out of bed in the morning, then you may have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of your plantar fascia. The foot and ankle experts at Nashville Podiatry, with offices in Nashville, Gallatin, and Henderson, Tennessee, specialize in plantar fasciitis and can develop a treatment plan to help reduce your pain and heal the inflamed tissue. To get relief from your heel pain, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that describes an inflammation of your plantar fascia, which is the thick tissue that connects your toes to your heel and acts a shock-absorber with each step you take. Plantar fasciitis, which is also referred to as heel spur syndrome, is the most common cause of heel pain.

With plantar fasciitis, you may experience a stabbing sensation in the bottom of your foot, right near your heel. You may notice the pain when you first get up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a while. The heel pain also tends to develop after you’ve exercised, not during.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. When your foot rolls excessively inward as you walk, it lengthens the arch, flattens the foot, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, the excess tension leads to inflammation, tears in the tissue, and pain.

You may be at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you’re a runner, you’re overweight or obese, or you have a job that requires you to spend a lot of time on your feet.

How does my podiatrist diagnose plantar fasciitis?

Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry conducts a comprehensive examination to determine if your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis. During your examination, your specialist reviews your symptoms, conducts a physical exam, and evaluates your foot to find the areas of tenderness.

Sometimes, diagnostic imaging is needed to rule out other causes of heel pain. But your specialist may be able to diagnose your plantar fasciitis without imaging.

What treatment can improve my plantar fasciitis?

Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry develops a personalized treatment plan to help reduce your heel pain and heal the tissue. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Ice packs
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotic devices
  • Physical therapy

If your plantar fasciitis is persistent, then your specialist at Nashville Podiatry may recommend extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT), which is a noninvasive treatment that utilizes acoustic technology to improve blood flow to the inflamed tissue and help with healing. This regenerative treatment may help prevent your need for further, more invasive, treatments.

For expert care of your plantar fasciitis, call Nashville Podiatry today or book an appointment online.