Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

As one of the leading causes of heel pain and chronic foot discomfort, plantar fasciitis can certainly impact your quality of life. If you struggle with plantar fasciitis pain, schedule an evaluation with caring board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. Dr. Domenico and his specialized Pawtucket, Rhode Island, team provide several plantar fasciitis solutions, so you can get lasting relief. Book your evaluation online, or call the office to schedule.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

Your heel bone connects to your toes by way of your plantar fascia — a long band of fibrous tissues. Even though your plantar fascia is designed to be a shock absorber and readily bounce back from tension and stress, it can easily become inflamed. This condition, known as plantar fasciitis, can develop due to:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Running, jumping, or dancing frequently
  • Flat feet or low arches
  • Standing on your feet all day for work
  • Heel spurs (calcaneal spurs)

While plantar fasciitis can affect men and women in all stages of life, it most commonly develops between the ages of 40-60 years old.

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes discomfort along the bottom of your foot, particularly near your heel. Unlike other chronic conditions, plantar fasciitis pain shows up when you least expect it.

For instance, when you exercise, a plantar fasciitis flare-up typically won’t affect you until after you’re done with your workout. Additionally, pain is typically at its peak when you take your first steps in the morning, or when you stand up after sitting for a long period of time. Whether your plantar fasciitis pain occurs occasionally or affects you on a daily basis, you have plenty of solutions for relief at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle.

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Treating heel spurs involves a multifaceted approach in which Dr. Domenico relieves any current discomfort you have, while also preventing future flare-ups. Your plantar fasciitis treatment plan is likely going to include a combination of the following therapies:

  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Personalized stretches
  • Nighttime bracing
  • Cortisone injections
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Custom orthotics

Dr. Domenico finds that combining these treatments is beneficial for most plantar fasciitis sufferers. If your pain worsens, or you aren’t noticing any improvement, you might be a candidate for surgery. Plantar fasciitis surgery involves releasing your plantar fascia, so it can no longer tighten up and cause inflammation.

You have plenty of options for plantar fasciitis pain relief at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. Get started on your treatment by booking an exam online or over the phone.