Plantar Fasciitis

Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon serving Draper, Orem, Provo, American Fork, Lindon, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, Saratoga Springs, Sandy, South Jordan, Herriman, & Bluffdale, UT.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the top causes of heel pain and leads to throbbing, aching, and stabbing pains that can impact your daily routine. The podiatry team led by Greg Brockbank, DPM, at Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic offers personalized treatment plans in Draper and Orem, Utah. If you have a history of plantar fasciitis or are experiencing heel or arch pain, contact the practice today. You can book an evaluation through the website or over the phone.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

Your arches are supported by a long band of connective tissues that stretch and contract throughout the day with each step you take. This band, known as your plantar fascia, is very durable and can absorb a large amount of shock and strain from body weight. 

As with any connective tissue, though, your plantar fascia can wear down over time and become inflamed. This condition, plantar fasciitis, often stems from:

  • Heel spurs
  • Flat feet or high arches 
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Overuse, which is common with runners
  • Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces

You may also have added wear-and-tear on your plantar fascia from performing your basic job functions, such as standing on your feet all day.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heels that can spread into your arches or up your ankle. You may experience swelling, redness, or inflammation. 

Plantar fasciitis symptoms tend to be worse when you get out of bed, or after long periods of inactivity. During these times, your plantar fascia hasn’t had a chance to stretch out, and putting all of your weight on it at once causes sudden stretching and discomfort.

Typically, the more you start walking around, and the more your plantar fascia stretches and relaxes, the more your pain and symptoms improve. Your foot pain may, however, return after spending long periods on your feet. 

Do I need surgery to treat plantar fasciitis? 

Usually, no. Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic podiatrists specialize in conservative yet cutting-edge plantar fasciitis treatments, so your feet can heal over time. Each state-of-the-art clinic boasts advanced imaging technology, so you podiatrist can gather digital X-rays or ultrasounds and diagnose the severity of your condition quickly.

In many cases, combining the following treatments helps treat plantar fasciitis over time:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Padding and strapping 
  • Custom orthotic devices
  • Activity modifications 
  • Shoe modifications 
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints 

Your podiatrist is likely going to have you try these nonsurgical plantar fasciitis treatments for several months. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, surgery may be the next step.

Plantar fasciitis surgery from Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic is minimally invasive and often performed in the office. Your podiatrist can release your tight and rigid connective tissues and make any other necessary repairs to help you get relief from plantar fasciitis. 

Click on the online booking tool to schedule your plantar fasciitis evaluation at Lone Peak Foot & Ankle Clinic today. You can also call the clinic nearest you to speak with a team member. 

We are located in Draper, Utah and Orem, Utah. Call us to see our podiatrist, Dr. Brockbank today.