Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

One out of every 10 people will experience plantar fasciitis at some point in their life. If you experience heel pain, the foot health specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry can determine the best treatment for your condition. Led by double board-certified podiatrist David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, the practice specializes in patient-centered, integrative care. To speak with a doctor about your treatment options, contact one of the offices in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, by phone or schedule a consultation online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation resulting from irritation to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of ligaments that attaches your heel bone to your toes. 

Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot that typically worsens after prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Many people experience severe plantar fasciitis pain after taking their first steps out of bed in the morning. 

At Gelbmann Podiatry, the team offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. 

Who gets plantar fasciitis?

Although plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, it most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60. 

Certain factors like obesity or having flat feet can put excess stress on the plantar fascia, leading to pain and dysfunction. Having flat feet or high arches also increases your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. 

Certain activities like running or playing tennis and jobs that require long periods of sitting or standing can also increase your risk of plantar fasciitis. If you experience symptoms, the specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry can determine the right treatment for you. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

During your visit, your podiatrist performs a physical exam feeling for tenderness in your foot. In many cases, the location of your symptoms helps your podiatrist determine the cause of your condition. 

Your doctor may conduct additional testing to rule out other foot problems like a stress fracture or abnormal bone growth, depending on your condition. 

After your diagnosis, you and your podiatrist discuss your options for safe and effective treatment of your plantar fasciitis. 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

At Gelbmann Podiatry, the team uses conservative, non-surgical methods to treat most cases of plantar fasciitis. Depending on your condition, treatments may include:

  • Night splints
  • Orthotics
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Footwear changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Shockwave therapy 

If your condition is severe, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. The most common procedure for plantar fasciitis involves releasing a portion of the plantar fascia ligament from the heel bone. 

To find out which treatment is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.