Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, but podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Jeffrey Kleis, DPM, can help. Dr. Kleis diagnoses and treats plantar fasciitis and other sources of heel pain at his private practice in Costa Mesa, California. If you suffer from heel pain, call the office of Jeffrey Kleis, DPM, Inc., or book an appointment online today.
The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from your heel to your toes. Irritation or inflammation of this ligament is called plantar fasciitis.
This podiatric condition may occur with or without a heel spur, a bony growth on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are common sources of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms vary from person to person. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
Pain may be most intense when you first get out of bed in the morning or any other time you stand up after an extended period of rest. You may notice a decrease in pain as the tissue warms up from activity.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when your strain the plantar fascia ligament beyond its limit. This strain may result from variations in foot structure, such as overly flat or high-arched feet. Other causes of plantar fasciitis include:
Dr. Kleis carefully considers the cause of your plantar fasciitis to create a personalized treatment plan to improve your condition.
As the first part of your diagnosis, Dr. Kleis performs a thorough physical exam and review of your medical history. He may take an X-ray to check for heel spurs or rule out other possible sources of heel pain such as rheumatoid arthritis.
After the initial exam, he discusses the best treatment options for your particular condition. Depending on your case, plantar fasciitis treatment may include:
Dr. Kleis examines every option and surgery is rarely needed but some cases of plantar fasciitis require advanced therapies. If your condition is severe or doesn’t respond to simple treatment, he may recommend shock wave therapy. This noninvasive treatment uses high energy acoustic waves to promote tissue healing. Dr. Kleis is one of the only doctors in southern CA to offer both shockwave or acoustic wave treatment as well as low level laser therapy for plantar fasciitis. These treatments are what many professional sports teams use for their elite athletes. You deserve the same level of treatment.
To find relief from heel pain, call or book an appointment online today.