Dr. Desai is a leading foot and ankle specialist serving the residents of Plano, TX. He specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot conditions such as fracture, sprain, strain, Arthritis, Heel Spur, Plantar Fasciitis etc.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that results due to inflammation of thick band of tissues under the heel bone, which extends from the heel bone to the toe. Plantar fascia forms an arch of the foot and act as shock absorber. The problem often occurs due to prolonged standing and long walks. Middle-aged men and women are often at greater risk of Plantar Fasciitis.

Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Standing for long hours
  • High pressure on the heels
  • Over-weight
  • Repeated overuse
  • Long distance running
  • Running on uneven surfaces
  • Walking on hard surfaces for long
  • Wearing shoes with poor arch support and soft sole
  • Foot arch problems such as high arches and flat feet
  • Keeping the foot flexed for long time
  • Poor biomechanics

Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Intense and stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot
  • Stiffness and pain in the morning
  • Pain worsens when climbing stairs
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Sharp sensation in the heel

Diagnosis Of Plantar Fasciitis

The orthopedic doctor may examine the patient while he stands, sits or walks. He may ask certain questions regarding the patient’s occupation and general lifestyle. The orthopedic doctor may also recommend an X-ray to rule out other causes of pain.

Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rest: The patient may be required to take rest and avoid any activities that stress the plantar fascia and cause pain.
  • Ice: The patient may be advised to use ice to find relief from pain and swelling.
  • Medication: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe certain anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Orthotics and supportive shoes: The doctor may recommend wearing supportive shoes with cushioning or shoe inserts.
  • Physical therapy: Physiotherapy, under the guidance of a professional, can help you stretch your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon while improving the flexibility and strength.
  • Heel Pads: These can be helpful in reducing pain and the orthopedic surgeon may advise to avoid walking barefoot to reduce the symptoms.
  • Surgery: If the non-surgical methods do not offer relief, then surgery for Plantar Fasciitis may be recommended.

For diagnosis and treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, visit Dr. Desai. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 (Plano) and (214) 618 – 5503 (Frisco).