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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Put Your Feet First

Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A, F.A.P.W.C.A.

Podiatrist located in Scottsdale, AZ

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot injuries affecting runners, and the resulting heel pain can make your workout difficult. Experienced podiatrist Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, treats plantar fasciitis at Put Your Feet First through a conservative approach and can teach you how to make the adjustments you need to manage and reduce your pain. To get back on your feet, no matter what you use them for, call the Scottsdale, Arizona, office or book an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in the soles of your feet. Specifically, plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia, the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Your plantar fascia is a shock absorber that supports the arch of your foot, but too much stress and tension can tear and inflame the ligaments.

Plantar fasciitis is common in long-distance runners, especially those who do not alternate running with other forms of exercise, because of repeated stress on the heel. However, the condition can affect people of all activity levels, particularly those who are:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Work jobs that require standing for hours on end

The inflammation from plantar fasciitis causes a sharp pain. In the early stage, you’ll feel the pain mostly when you take your first steps out of bed in the morning or after a long rest, and then the pain will subside as you move.

Plantar fasciitis pain may also occur at the beginning of a run, walk, or other physical activity. When plantar fasciitis progresses, the pain grows in intensity and lingers for longer.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

If you have heel pain, Dr. Forman examines your foot to locate the pain. He may also ask you to perform stretches so he can assess the health and strength of your plantar fascia. The location of your pain will help determine if you have plantar fasciitis and not another foot condition.

In most cases, it’s not necessary to take an MRI or X-ray to diagnose plantar fasciitis, but Dr. Forman may order imaging tests to rule out stress fractures and other causes of heel pain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Dr. Forman takes a conservative approach to treating plantar fasciitis that involves managing pain from the inflammation and taking precautions to avoid putting too much stress on your heel. Usually, the condition goes away within a few months with the right treatment.

Recommendations Dr. Forman makes for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Icing the area several times a day
  • Performing stretches that target the plantar fascia
  • Wearing a night splint to hold your foot in place while you sleep
  • Receiving injections of steroids to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Changing your exercise routine to include activities like swimming and cycling

Your footwear is central to properly treating your plantar fasciitis. Dr. Forman can create customized orthotics or heel pads to insert into your shoes for extra support. He’ll also recommend shoes for running and everyday activity that can fully support your feet.

For help managing plantar fasciitis, call Put Your Feet First to schedule an appointment today or use the online booking tool.