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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

One of the top pain-causing treatments podiatrists face is plantar fasciitis. Since Tad Borland, DPM, MS, of Step Right Podiatry understands how debilitating chronic plantar fasciitis pain can become, he offers a wide variety of therapeutic treatments. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at this Ambridge, Pennsylvania, podiatry clinic today. Click on the online scheduler or call the office directly.

Plantar Fasciitis

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic pain-causing condition that causes your long band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) to become inflamed. Your plantar fascia is responsible for connecting your toes to your heel bone, so you can point and flex your feet. Inflammation of your plantar fascia usually occurs due to:

  • Being overweight
  • Having flat feet
  • Repeated strain and stress, like from frequent exercise or long periods of standing

It isn’t always known why some men and women develop plantar fasciitis though. After all, your plantar fascia is designed to absorb shock and be able to bounce right back. Understanding the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis is important so you can get the care you need before your condition worsens.  

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

Anytime you have chronic inflammation you’re probably going to feel pain. What makes plantar fasciitis discomfort particularly unique is that the foot pain you experience along the bottom of your foot near your heel worsens after long periods of inactivity.

For instance, most plantar fasciitis sufferers find that their foot and heel pain is at its peak after taking their first few steps in the morning, or after sitting at their desk for a while. You might also have a plantar fasciitis flare-up shortly after periods of high activity, such as right after you exercise. But pain doesn’t typically occur while you’re exercising.

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Chronic plantar fasciitis discomfort can certainly affect your daily activities and lower your quality of life, and Dr. Borland works to find effective solutions that provide relief for your specific case. Your plantar fasciitis treatment plan from Step Right Podiatry may include:

  • Night splints
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Custom supportive orthotics
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)

It’s often helpful to also go through physical therapy and learn specialized exercises that can help stretch your plantar fascia and relieve tension. If you’re still not getting relief after trying these conservative therapies, Dr. Borland might suggest surgery. Plantar fasciitis surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, involves releasing your plantar fascia band, so it won’t be able to tense up or become inflamed any longer.

Get relief from plantar fasciitis pain at Step Right Podiatry right away. Request your evaluation online or over the phone.