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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Felicia A. Armstrong, DPM -  - Podiatry

Maryland Podiatry Services

Felicia A. Armstrong, DPM

Podiatry located in Baltimore, MD

Plantar fasciitis can cause excruciating pain in your heels, making it difficult to walk without pain. At Maryland Podiatry Services in Baltimore, Maryland, board-certified podiatrist Felicia Armstrong, DPM, determines the root cause of plantar fasciitis to treat it with the most effective therapies available. From custom-fit orthotics to surgery, she offers a comprehensive range of plantar fasciitis treatments. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. It plays a vital role in the way you walk, run, and more. If the plantar fascia becomes damaged, it can lead to constant heel pain that worsens when you put weight on your foot. 

While plantar fasciitis pain may dissipate the more you get up and move, it typically returns when you stand up after long periods of sitting.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. In addition to a stabbing pain that worsens when you wake up in the morning, it may also cause:

  • Stiffness
  • Decreased mobility
  • Dull mid-foot area pain
  • Burning in the feet

 

If you have plantar fasciitis, you may be able to exercise without pain, but pain can flare-up again after.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Repetitive strain on the fascia is the primary cause of plantar fasciitis. Some of the most common risk factors that raise your chances of developing this painful condition include:

Exercise

Certain types of exercise put strain and pressure on your feet. Running, dancing, and soccer all raise your risk of plantar fasciitis.

Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your hips, knees, and feet, which can strain your plantar fascia.

Abnormal foot mechanics

If you have flat feet or high arches, the weight distribution on your feet can put too much stress on the plantar fascia, leading to pain and discomfort.

Occupation

Those who are frequently on their feet at work, such as teachers, factory workers, and retail clerks, are prone to plantar fasciitis.

How do podiatrists treat plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis requires comprehensive treatment that addresses the underlying cause of your pain. Dr. Armstrong focuses on conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis, resorting to surgery only as absolutely necessary for relief.

Physical therapy exercises and stretches can help keep the plantar fascia flexible while strengthening the muscles surrounding this thick band of tissue. 

Another effective treatment for plantar fasciitis is custom-fit orthotics, which mold to your feet to provide support and cushion if you have flat feet or high arches. Not only do orthotic shoe inserts address plantar fasciitis pain, but they can also help relieve pain from heel spurs — bony growths that form on the heel.

The right treatment can help prevent the progression of plantar fasciitis. 

For comprehensive plantar fasciitis treatment, call Maryland Podiatry Services or book an appointment online today.