Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Battle Born Bone & Joint Center

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

Does it feel like you're walking on knives when you get out of bed in the morning? You might be experiencing plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation and wear of the bands of tissue that run along the bottom of your feet. Drs. Jaymes and Angela Granata at Battle Born Bone & Joint Center in Las Vegas, and Henderson, NV offer treatments for heel pain and plantar fasciitis to help you get back to your usual routine. Call today or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common medical condition that causes pain in your heel. The plantar fascia is a strong ligament that supports your arch and connects the toes to your heels.

While the plantar fascia is designed to handle high amounts of pressure and stress from your daily activities, too much may cause tears in the ligament, leading to inflammation and pain.

Plantar fasciitis affects millions of people every year, and is common in:

  • Runners
  • People between age 40 and 60
  • Obesity
  • People who work on their feet all day
  • Those with a high arch, flat feet, or an awkward walking pattern that puts stress on the fascia
  • Anyone with tight calf muscles

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain
  • Foot pain on your first step out of bed in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time
  • Foot pain after exercise

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

There are a variety of treatments available for plantar fasciitis.  Conservative options may include: rest, ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, footwear modifications, and stretching exercises for your calf and foot muscles.

If conservative methods don’t relieve your pain, Dr. Granata may recommend:

  • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy for additional help with stretching and development of a personalized exercise program
  • Shoe inserts (orthotics) for better arch support
  • Night splints, which help you stretch while you’re sleeping

Is surgery necessary for plantar fasciitis?

Surgery for plantar fasciitis is uncommon, but may be an option to discuss when all other treatments fail

Types of surgery for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Plantar fascia release: partially cutting the plantar fascia to relieve the stress and pain
  • Gastrocnemius recession: lengthening of the calf muscle to reduce stress on the plantar fascia

If you’re experiencing heel pain and think it might be plantar fasciitis, call the office or book an appointment online today for an examination and treatment plan.