Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that can cause varying degrees of heel pain. If you notice symptoms of plantar fasciitis, book an appointment with Neil Levin, DPM, at Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Levin is committed to finding the most effective treatment for each patient. To speak with Dr. Levin about your symptoms, call the office or book online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Your heels are attached to your toes by a thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber and helps support the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by degenerative irritation of the plantar fascia. 

Too much stress causes the plantar fascia to stretch and tear. Over time, this damage can lead to irritation and inflammation. 

Many people with plantar fasciitis also suffer from heel spurs. Although heel spurs don’t cause plantar fasciitis, they can increase irritation on your plantar fascia and worsen your symptoms.

Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that’s typically worse in the mornings and after long periods of standing. 

Who gets plantar fasciitis?

Although plantar fasciitis can affect anyone regardless of their activity level, certain physical activities like running and aerobic exercise can increase your risks. 

Increased pressure on the plantar fascia is the primary contributor to plantar fasciitis. Factors like obesity and jobs that require lots of walking or standing can increase pressure on the plantar fascia. 

Your foot mechanics can also increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis. Issues like flat feet, high arches, and abnormal walking patterns can all cause additional stress to the plantar fascia.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

In most cases, Dr. Levin can diagnose plantar fasciitis through a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms. During the physical exam, he feels for the location of your pain and may ask you to perform various stretches to test the strength of your plantar fascia. 

In some cases, Dr. Levin performs additional tests like an X-ray to rule out conditions like a stress fracture. After your diagnosis, he works with you to develop a treatment plan. 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. If your condition is mild, initial treatment may include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Levin also offers conservative treatments like:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Night splints
  • Stretches
  • Steroid injections
  • Radial shockwave therapy

 

In most cases, Dr. Levin successfully treats your plantar fasciitis using conservative methods. 

Radial shockwave therapy

Dr. Levin uses innovative treatments like radial shockwave therapy to relieve plantar fasciitis pain without the need for injections, anesthesia, medications, or downtime. Radial shockwave therapy works by using sound waves to create micro injuries to the plantar fascia. 

These micro injuries trigger your body’s natural healing process, which increases blood circulation and accelerates cellular repair. Radial shockwave therapy is a safe and effective way to restore damaged tissue and eliminate your plantar fasciitis pain. 

If your condition is severe, you may need surgery to release a portion of the plantar fascia ligament from the heel bone. 

Dr. Levin and his team offer exceptional care in a relaxed, welcoming environment. To find out which treatment is right for you, call Family Podiatry or book your appointment online today.