Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

If you experience sharp heel pain when you first get out of bed in the morning, then you may suffer from plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition and a common cause of heel pain. The experienced podiatry team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, which includes Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, offers innovative treatments for plantar fasciitis to ease symptoms and heal the inflamed tissue. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, or the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, or click the online booking button.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of your plantar fascia, which is the thick bowstring-like ligament on the sole of your foot that connects your heel to your toes. Your plantar fascia is designed to support the arch of your foot and act as a shock absorber while you walk or run. 

Excess tension or stress on the plantar fascia leads to the development of small tears in the tissue. If you continue to stress your damaged ligament, you may irritate the tears, which leads to inflammation and pain.

You are at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you engage in activities that place a lot of stress on your feet, such as long-distance running or ballet dancing. You can also develop the heel pain if you spend a lot of time on your feet walking or standing on hard surfaces. 

Obesity, a high foot arch, and altered gait are also risk factors for the development of plantar fasciitis. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

The experienced podiatry team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can diagnose your plantar fasciitis after a review of your symptoms and medical history and a physical exam focused on your foot. To rule out other causes of your pain, the team may request diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or MRI. 

The diagnostic images may identify bone spurs, a source of heel pain that can occur with your plantar fasciitis. 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment for your plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of your symptoms, the underlying cause of your heel pain, and your overall health. Initially, the team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics may recommend:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers 
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics is an advanced, full-service podiatry practice that offers many innovative treatments for plantar fasciitis that focus on healing inflammation and alleviating pain to reduce your need for surgery. Some of the innovative treatments include:

Shockwave therapy

The Zimmer MedizinSysteme is an innovative tool that uses powerful radial shockwaves to accelerate the healing of your damaged tissue.

Amniotic injections

Amniotic injections contain anti-inflammatory agents that activate growth factors to support healing and reduce your risk of developing scar tissue. 

Custom orthotics

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics also offers custom orthotics made with advanced computer technology to provide your foot with the extra support it needs to reduce pain and promote healing.

For innovative plantar fasciitis care focused on accelerating your body’s natural healing process, contact Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics by phone or online today.