Plantar Fasciitis

Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center

Hermoz B. Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME

Podiatry located in Glendale, CA & Burbank, CA

Plantar fasciitis causes an intense pain in the bottom of your heel that can affect your ability to walk very far. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center provide expert services for those suffering from plantar fasciitis at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive outstanding care and regain your mobility, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the thick, fibrous, supportive tissue running under the sole of your foot from your heel to toes. This tissue, the plantar fascia, can come under excessive strain that causes inflammation and results in plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a problem that can affect anyone, but there are risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing the condition, such as:

  • Structural defects in the feet
  • High arches
  • Overly flat feet
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Spending too much time on your feet
  • Wearing unsupportive shoes

If you have one or more of these risk factors, you could develop plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If you have plantar fasciitis, the main symptom is a pain in the bottom of your heel. Most patients find that the pain is at its worst when they start moving around, particularly after spending time in bed. After a while, the pain eases off but is likely to worsen again if you keep moving or don’t sit down.

Your provider at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can diagnose plantar fasciitis by examining your foot and listening to you describe your symptoms. They may need to take X-rays or other imaging scans to confirm the diagnosis and assess the condition of your foot.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

You can ease the pain of plantar fasciitis at home by taking anti-inflammatory medication and using ice packs to soothe the inflamed plantar fascia. Try to rest the foot when you can, and make sure you always wear supportive footwear.

If your symptoms persist, don’t leave it too long before visiting Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center, because the best outcomes from treatment are likely to be in cases where the condition is still in its earlier stages. The team has a range of potential treatments available, such as:

  • Foot strapping and taping
  • Custom orthotic insoles
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Night splints
  • Removable casts

These treatments aim to relieve the pressure on the plantar fascia and reduce inflammation, giving the tissue a chance to heal. Physical therapy can also help by strengthening the tissues.

If conservative approaches aren’t providing relief from the pain, your provider can discuss surgical options with you.

For effective relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.