Plantar Fasciitis

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

If you stand up in the morning and almost instantly feel stabbing pains along the bottoms of your feet, you probably have plantar fasciitis. To get to the root of your foot pain and find an effective treatment solution, schedule an exam with expert podiatrist Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois. Click on the online scheduler, or call the office directly to book your plantar fasciitis appointment.

Plantar Fasciitis

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

As one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain, plantar fasciitis can make every step you take feel incredibly agonizing. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition that leads to inflammation of the connective tissue band that supports your arches — your plantar fascia. You can develop plantar fasciitis because of:

  • Having excess body weight
  • Being flat footed
  • Having high arches
  • Development of heel spurs
  • Older age, especially if you’re between 40-60
  • Standing on your feet all day for work
  • Participating in running, jumping, or dancing activities

Without proper treatment, plantar fasciitis is likely going to continue flaring up with greater and greater intensity, which is why you need to have a thorough podiatric evaluation as soon as you notice foot pain.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

It’s never too soon to schedule your plantar fasciitis evaluation with Dr. Yanovskiy at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. You should schedule an exam right away if you start experiencing:

  • Severe heel pain
  • Discomfort that’s worse after long periods of rest
  • Pain that intensifies after (not during) exercise
  • Foot pain that’s affecting your daily routine

Dr. Yanovskiy performs a comprehensive evaluation of your feet and ankles and looks at any necessary imaging to help him confirm a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. He can typically get you started on plantar fasciitis treatment right away.

Is there treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Yes, although because plantar fasciitis is inflammation of connective tissues, it’s important to stay off your feet as much as possible and let any acute discomfort subside. Dr. Yanovskiy provides several therapies to relieve pain and inflammation while helping your plantar fascia heal and get stronger. Depending on the severity of your condition, your plantar fasciitis treatment plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Bracing, splinting, or compression wrapping
  • Daily stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Physical therapy

Usually, combining these conservative therapies helps, but if your plantar fasciitis continues or is linked to another issue, such as a heel spur, Dr. Yanovskiy might recommend surgery to make repairs.

Schedule your plantar fasciitis evaluation at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Book your visit online or over the phone.