Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Holladay and West Jordan, UT

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel tenderness and pain, can severely limit your mobility. If you’ve got symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Christiaan Goebel, DPM, and Weston Packard, DPM, at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic in Utah. Serving the entire Salt Lake City community and surrounding area at their offices in Holladay and West Jordan, the experienced podiatrists use nonsurgical therapies, including custom orthotics and laser treatment, to reduce plantar fasciitis pain. To get rid of your heel pain, call Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic today or request an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot problems. Many people experience heel pain at least once, but plantar fasciitis causes a daily struggle for some.  

Plantar fasciitis develops when tiny tears occur in the ligament (plantar fascia) that spans the sole of your foot. Plantar fasciitis heel pain is usually sharp when you take the first few steps after periods of sleep or rest.

The pain typically improves after your foot warms up, but extended walking, standing, or exercising are likely to worsen it again. The pain can sometimes extend from your heel into the arch.  

Why would I get plantar fasciitis?

Many things can cause plantar fasciitis, increase your risk of getting it, and make it worse. These include:

  • Long-distance running
  • Repeated, extended periods of standing or walking
  • Flat feet
  • Tight Achilles tendons
  • Poor arch support in your shoes
  • Frequently wearing sandals or ballet pumps
  • High arches
  • Obesity

The Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team has tremendous experience diagnosing and treating heel pain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Your podiatrist at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic can offer several effective treatments to relieve pain and help your plantar fascia to heal.

They might suggest wearing a splint at night, which helps to stretch the plantar fascia. Anti-inflammatory medications can help by reducing pain and swelling. One highly effective solution to heel pain is custom orthotics. These are specially designed shoe inserts made using a 3D scan of your feet.

Custom orthotics cushion the tender heel and support your arch, taking pressure off the plantar fascia. You might also benefit from therapeutic ultrasound, a painless, noninvasive treatment that helps heal damaged tissues. If none of these treatments is working, your podiatrist can inject cortisone, a powerful steroid medication, into your heel.

Would I need surgery for heel pain?

In almost every case, the Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team can cure heel pain from plantar fasciitis without surgery. For the few patients who get no relief with medical treatments, the team can perform plantar fascia release surgery.

This minimally invasive procedure involves cutting the overly tight tissue, releasing pressure on the plantar fascia and resolving your heel pain.

If you’ve got plantar fasciitis, start treatment sooner rather than later for a fast recovery. Call Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic today or book an appointment online.