Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Dr. Frank Henry, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Victoria, TX & Marble Falls, TX

Do you dread the first steps in the morning or after lunch? If so, you may have plantar fasciitis. At Dr. Frank Henry, Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. Frank Henry spends time getting to the root of your plantar fasciitis pain, so he can get you started on just the right treatment. You can conveniently book your plantar fasciitis evaluation online or over the phone with either location in Victoria and Marble Falls, Texas.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What causes plantar fasciitis?

 

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition in which the long band of durable connective tissue across your arches — your plantar fascia — continues to become stressed and inflamed. In some cases, plantar fasciitis is a result of wearing unsupportive footwear, especially if you train or play sports on hard and flat surfaces. You can also develop plantar fasciitis due to:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Standing on your feet all day for work
  • Faulty foot mechanics, such as flat feet or high arches
  • High impact exercise programs

No matter what’s causing your plantar fasciitis pain, you don’t have to learn to live with the discomfort.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

 

Your feet shouldn’t cause you pain and because foot pain can affect your work and daily activities, you’re encouraged to schedule a plantar fasciitis exam with Dr. Frank Henry as soon as your foot pain begins. Dr. Frank Henry especially wants to evaluate you if you’re experiencing:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Stabbing pains
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your feet

Plantar fasciitis discomfort most commonly affects your heels and arches. Usually, your pain is worse first thing in the morning after getting out of bed, or right after getting up from a chair after sitting for several hours. The more you move around, the more your plantar fascia stretches out, and your symptoms start improving.

Occasionally, plantar fasciitis can flare up after periods of exercise or sporting activities. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, even if they seem minor or infrequent, get started on treatment with Dr. Frank Henry right away.

Which plantar fasciitis treatment do I need?

It’s important to get to the root of your plantar fasciitis through in-office diagnostic ultrasound and digital X-ray imaging. This way, Dr. Frank Henry can better pinpoint the cause or severity of your plantar fasciitis and rule out related conditions (like fractures). Depending on the outcome of your exam and imaging, Dr. Frank Henry could recommend any of the following nonsurgical treatments:

 

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Injection therapy
  • Activity modifications
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Surgery is rarely recommended, over 97% of current patients respond to non-surgical treatment

If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, you can get the treatment you need with Dr. Frank Henry, Foot and Ankle Specialist. Book your plantar fasciitis exam online, or call either clinic directly.

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