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About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, commonly known as heel pain syndrome, is an inflammation of a band of tissue on the bottom of your foot spanning from your heel to your toes – the plantar fascia. There are a variety of causes for the inflammation, including excessive strain, poorly fitting footwear, weight gain and trauma, although patients often cannot recall the specific incident that triggered the pain. If you are looking for pain relief through a quick yet thorough treatment, the specialists from Ankle & Foot Centers of America are here for you.

Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is among the primary reasons that patients see a podiatrist. Symptoms include a burning sensation and/or a sharp pain that begins in your heel, radiating across the entire foot and sometimes towards the back of the foot, i.e., directly below your ankle.

These symptoms are most prevalent when you get up in the morning as well as after sitting down for an extended period of time. The pain will improve as you walk, but it will often return and never resolve entirely unless appropriate steps are taken.

In many cases, individuals suffering from heel pain will require no more than a conservative treatment, and only a small number will require surgery. To determine the ideal treatment for your unique situation, your podiatrist will begin by taking an x-ray to evaluate the problem. This will help discover any abnormality, such as a stress fracture or a heel spur.

For the majority of patients requiring conservative treatment, options include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shoe inserts, i.e., orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections

It is also important that you wear supportive athletic shoes and adjust your daily strain level accordingly. If you feel no improvement, we will recommend night splints, supportive walking boots, and taking weight off your foot entirely. If all else fails, your condition may require surgery, involving the removal of an excessive section of the plantar fascia.

Today, there is a revolutionary alternative to surgery known as shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy involves the application of sound waves to your heel in order to induce increased blood flow to the affected area. This procedure is equally effective as surgery, with the added benefit of being non-invasive.

When to Seek Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

If you are experiencing any form of heel pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of plantar fasciitis, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.

Jenna Kemp
Jenna Kemp
2023-12-12
I've posted a review a few times and can't seem to find them! Dr. Monaco is by far the best podiatrist there is! I had been seeing another podiatrist in Columbus, who'd done 3 surgeries, all 3 messing my foot up worse, with the 3rd one leaving my first and second toes in the shape of a peace sign! I was constantly told by the previous podiatrist that everything was fine and lined up the way it was supposed to be. I had my first surgery with Dr. Monaco in August and it was the best decision I've made! She is by far the best! Truly compassionate about what she does! Very knowledgeable! Truly cares about her patients! If you're in need of a podiatrist give Dr. Monaco q call! ❤️
James Tully
James Tully
2023-11-21
Very pleasant staff, great doctor.
Charlotte Carter
Charlotte Carter
2023-11-17
Very competent and comfortable doctor ! The staff is friendly and helpful ! Best Podiatrist I've ever been to !
Christopher G
Christopher G
2023-10-31
I was very impressed with Dr. Monaco this was my first visit. All the office staff was so nice as well as my nurse. I had came to Dr Monaco after being very unhappy with the prior Dr I had seen for my ankle injury. Dr. Monaco was very through with her exam and I think I finally got a good idea of what my issue is. Although I do need some further imaging test. Overall I am so glad I decided to see her, I didn't feel rushed at all and she answered all my questions. I'm sure I will have several more visits with her and overall I am well pleased. I highly recommend her to anyone who's having any foot or ankle issues.
George Rindfleisch
George Rindfleisch
2022-10-24
A very positive experience. To be seen by a qualified professional who gets to the heart of your problem quickly and in a friendly manner is always a plus in my book.
BRYAN CARROLL
BRYAN CARROLL
2022-10-24
Dr. D’Amico is always a pleasure to see. She is a blessing. Thank you Dr. D.
J Marie
J Marie
2022-09-15
Staff promot and cordial. Provider took time to explain details of what I was there for and very pleasant to speak with.

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