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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Midwest Foot & Ankle Associates

Biren Shah, DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Rockford, IL

If you avoid walking or performing daily activities because of heel pain, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Biren Shah, DPM, and his team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates specialize in the most advanced diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis so you can return to your normal activities. Contact the Rockford, Illinois, practice by calling or using the online scheduler to see what you can do about foot pain.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition marked by inflammation in the connective tissue, or plantar fascia, that runs from the ball of your foot to your heel. When the connective tissue stretches and tears in response to repeated strain, the stress often leads to inflammation and heel pain.

What contributing factors lead to plantar fasciitis?

Usually, the plantar fascia acts like a shock absorber for the foot, but activities that push it beyond its limits can lead to injury. Injury to the fascia is usually caused by:

  • Poor gait mechanics related to flat feet or high arches
  • High-impact sports, such as running, jumping, and dance
  • Wearing shoes with inadequate support
  • Excess weight
  • Working on your feet on hard surfaces all day

Your age also impacts your risk for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is common among children who begin sports and adults between the ages of 40 and 60.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

If any of the following apply to you, you can make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Shah:

  • You experience stabbing heel pain, particularly after long periods of rest
  • Your primary care provider isn’t able to help you find relief
  • Your heel pain continues after using self-care measures, such as ice and rest
  • Chronic heel pain interferes with your normal activities
  • You think your child may have plantar fasciitis

Early treatment for plantar fasciitis results in the best outcomes, so it’s important to take action as soon as you recognize the symptoms.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Dr. Shah takes your medical history, performs a physical evaluation, and orders diagnostic testing to diagnose plantar fasciitis. He offers a variety of treatments for plantar fasciitis, starting with the least invasive measures to provide relief.

Dr. Shah can treat most cases of plantar fasciitis with non-invasive approaches, such as anti-inflammatory medication, injections, and physical therapy. Custom orthotics, shoe inserts, taping, and splints may also take pressure off your feet.

In rare cases, Dr. Shah may need to perform surgery to detach the plantar fascia or remove other problematic tissue or growths in the foot.

If you suffer from persistent heel pain, contact Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates online or over the phone to start the process toward relief.