Every year, more than 2 million Americans visit the doctor due to plantar fasciitis. At his private practice in Freehold, New Jersey, board-certified podiatrist Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, diagnoses and treats plantar fasciitis using advanced techniques like enPuls radial shockwave therapy. If you regularly experience heel pain, don’t wait to seek treatment. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that causes severe heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia –– a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heels to your toes –– develops small tears in it due to wear-and-tear. Over time, these tears can become inflamed, causing pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Anyone can experience plantar fasciitis, but it's especially common in athletes and weekend warriors, particularly those who jog, walk, or run marathons.
The most obvious symptom associated with plantar fasciitis is a sharp, stabbing pain in one or both heels. Pain caused by plantar fasciitis is usually worse first thing in the morning after you wake up. However, it may also increase after long periods of standing or sitting and following exercise.
Plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages, genders, and races. Several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you participate in exercises that put stress on your heels and attached tissues. Common activities that may trigger plantar fasciitis include aerobic dance and ballet.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Lemberger conducts a thorough physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle. During your exam, he carefully examines your foot and ankle, gently pressing on your skin to pinpoint areas of pain or tenderness.
If Dr. Lemberger suspects another issue is the source of your discomfort, like a foot fracture or sprain, he might also order diagnostic imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Lemberger recommends conservative treatments like rest, icing your heels, and stretching.
You might also benefit from outpatient treatment with enPuls radial shockwave therapy. This noninvasive treatment uses small bursts of electrical energy to ease inflammation and encourage healing.
If your heel pain persists, Dr. Lemberger might recommend physical therapy, custom orthotics, or night splints. If your pain continues even after several rounds of conservative treatment, surgical intervention or corticosteroid injections may be necessary.
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve pain and improve your mobility.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis prevent you from living a healthy, active life. Schedule an appointment at the practice of Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, today. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online.