Telltale Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

About 2 million men and women in the United States are treated for plantar fasciitis every year, making it one of the most common causes of painful foot symptoms. As commonplace as it is, inflammation of the plantar fascia isn’t the only cause of foot pain. Learning to recognize the symptoms of plantar fasciitis is an important part of making sure you get the right treatment and quick relief.

Cary B. Chapman, MD, helps patients relieve chronic foot pain using advanced treatment options. With locations on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City and Staten Island, New York, the team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York makes it easy and convenient to get treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot problems.

If you’re suffering from ongoing foot pain, here’s how to tell if plantar fasciitis might be to blame.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis causes some pretty specific symptoms. In most cases, Dr. Chapman can diagnose the condition based on your symptoms along with a physical evaluation of your foot. The most common symptoms include:

Sometimes, stretching your foot or crouching on the balls of your feet can cause your pain to worsen, too. Some people experience stiffness in their big toe that’s caused by excess tension on the plantar fascia.

Know your risk

Plantar fasciitis symptoms are fairly characteristic, but you can narrow down the possible causes even more by understanding the risk factors that make plantar fasciitis more likely. While anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, you’re more likely to have it if you:

During your office visit, Dr. Chapman examines your feet and reviews your lifestyle to determine your risk factors, diagnose the cause of your pain, and prescribe the best treatment plan to relieve your painful symptoms.

Plantar fasciitis treatment

Dr. Chapman can use a number of different approaches to treating plantar fasciitis, including:

Most patients respond well to these more conservative options. However, in rare instances when these options aren’t effective, Dr. Chapman may recommend surgery to release tension on the plantar fascia. 

You don’t have to live with foot pain

Roughly three-quarters of Americans will have some type of foot problem during their lifetime. If you’re one of them, we can help you find the relief you need. To get started on a custom treatment plan of your own, call the office convenient to you, or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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