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Plantar Fasciitis

Relieve Your Heel Pain & Get Back to Enjoying Life

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendinitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst. Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the underlying source of your heel pain. Dr. Wawrzynek offers effective treatment for plantar fasciitis in King of Prussia, PA, and the Wayne, PA, area.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis relates to the faulty structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • Pain that is usually worse upon arising
  • Pain that increases over a period of months

People with plantar fasciitis often describe the pain as worse when they get up in the morning or after they’ve been sitting for long periods of time. After a few minutes of walking, the pain decreases because walking stretches the fascia. For some people, the pain subsides but returns after spending long periods of time on their feet.

Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis

To arrive at a diagnosis, Dr. Wawrzynek will obtain your medical history and examine your foot. Throughout this process, she will rule out all the possible causes for your heel pain other than plantar fasciitis. In addition, diagnostic imaging studies such as x-rays or other imaging modalities may be used to distinguish the different types of heel pain.

Sometimes heel spurs are found in patients with plantar fasciitis, but these are rarely a source of pain. When they are present, the condition may be diagnosed as plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Non-surgical treatments for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Icing the affected area
  • Limit physical activity
  • Shoe modifications
  • Medications
  • Padding & strapping
  • Orthotics
  • Injection therapy
  • Removable walking cast
  • Night splint
  • Physical therapy
  • EPAT
  • EMTT
  • Stem Cell Injection therapy

Dr. Wawrzynek will determine the best treatment for you at your initial consultation.

Contact Us for Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis in King of Prussia, PA & the Wayne, PA, Area

To experience our 5-star-rated podiatric care, schedule your New Patient Consultation today by calling (610) 822-3900 or using our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:

  • Discuss Your Goals
  • X-Rays & Ultrasound as needed
  • Complete Examination
  • Discover Your Options
  • Get Started

During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!

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Meet Dr. Melissa Wawrzynek Dr. Melissa Wawrzynek is an experienced podiatrist in King Of Prussia, PA, who has helped thousands of people get back to living life free from foot, ankle, and heel pain. She is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and founded Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center in 2013. Dr. Wawrzynek takes a conservative approach to treatment understanding that surgery and orthotics are not always the answer to solving foot pain issues. In addition to being an award-winning podiatrist, she is a certified run coach, as well as a certified functional movement specialist. As an avid health and fitness enthusiast, Dr. Wawrzynek has a special interest in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of biomechanical issues of the foot and lower limb. Her goal is to always resolve the underlying cause of a problem instead of providing just a temporary fix. Dr. Wawrzynek and our Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center team look forward to helping you enjoy an active and pain-free lifestyle. Learn More
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