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Should I See a Podiatrist, or Care For Plantar Fasciitis at Home?

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, an injury to the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, is one of the most frequently diagnosed conditions at the podiatrist’s office. In many cases, conservative treatments are offered to the patient and are typically sufficient for treating the injury. These may include resting and icing the affected foot, wearing more comfortable shoes or orthotics, doing gentle stretching exercises, and taking over-the-counter pain medications. While conservative treatments work for many patients, they aren’t completely effective for everyone. If you have heel pain that is severe enough to stop you from doing your daily activities, gets worse or keeps coming back, or has not improved after two weeks of conservative treatments, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. If you have diabetes, or any tingling or loss of sensation in the foot, it would be wise to seek the care of a podiatrist sooner, rather than later. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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