Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Lake Erie Podiatry

Michael Ruiz, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Millcreek, Erie, PA

Plantar fasciitis causes intense pain in the bottom of your heel that can affect your ability to walk very far. Michael Ruiz, DPM, and his team at Lake Erie Podiatry provide expert treatment for those suffering from plantar fasciitis at their office in Erie, Pennsylvania. To receive outstanding care and regain your mobility, call Lake Erie Podiatry 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 your 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 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.

At Lake Erie Podiatry, Dr. Ruiz can diagnose plantar fasciitis by examining your foot and noting your symptoms. He may need to take X-rays or other imaging scans to confirm the diagnosis and look for spurs, arthritis, stress fractures, or other bone problems in the feet and ankles.

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. With plantar fasciitis, you should avoid wearing non-supportive footwear like flip flops, slippers, and high heels.

Stretching your calf muscles regularly can also ease strain on your plantar fascia. Further, when you exercise, you should consider using treadmills and machinery rather than running on trails or sidewalks. An even surface like a treadmill will be easier on your feet. 

If your symptoms persist, don’t leave it too long before visiting Lake Erie Podiatry because the best outcomes from treatment are likely to be in cases where the condition is still in its earlier stages. Dr. Ruiz assesses the pain and decides if treatment is necessary. Fortunately, around 95% of plantar fasciitis cases are treatable without surgery.

For effective relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis, call Lake Erie Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.