Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

DuPage Foot & Ankle, LLC

Donald Nichols, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Hinsdale, IL & Wheaton, IL

Plantar fasciitis can affect not only avid runners, but people who are more sedentary as well. At DuPage Foot & Ankle, LLC in Oak Brook, Wheaton, and Hinsdale, Illinois, Dr. Donald Nichols treats this inflammation of the tissue band under your foot and can help you walk with comfort again. Dr. Nichols provides effective treatments for plantar fasciitis and offers the highest standard of personalized podiatric care. Visit DuPage Foot & Ankle to find relief; call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis typically involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot that connects your heel bone and your toes. The plantar fasciitis ligament supports the arch of your foot and the surrounding ligaments.

Degenerative irritation and excess pressure on the ligament can cause an inflammatory response, heel pain, and stiffness. While the condition is more commonly associated with runners, it can affect anyone at any activity level.

Excess body weight and obesity increases your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

In some cases, plantar warts can develop alongside plantar fasciitis. A plantar wart is caused by a virus that’s contracted through small cuts or openings at the bottom of your foot. Plantar warts can grow inwards and form a callus.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Dr. Nichols diagnoses plantar fasciitis with a physical exam. He checks your foot for tenderness and pain and finds the precise location and source of the pain to aid in diagnosis. Dr. Nichols might test your reflexes and ask you to perform certain stretches to determine the health and strength of your plantar fascia ligament.

Dr. Nichols may send you for an X-ray to check if a stress fracture or other underlying bone complication is causing your pain. X-rays can be conveniently performed in any of the three DuPage Foot & Ankle office locations.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The first step to treat plantar fasciitis is usually to rest, ice the area, and avoid certain exercises at home. If your inflammatory heel pain persists, Dr. Nichols might recommend:

  • Heel pads
  • Night splints
  • Dr. Comfort® orthopedic shoes
  • Custom orthotics and shoe inserts
  • Stretches and specialized exercises
  • Oral medications and injections, such as cortisone injections, biologic injections, and other anti-inflammatories

Surgery might be necessary for more severe cases. Dr. Nichols can perform a plantar fascia release to free a portion of the plantar fascia ligament from the heel bone to relieve tension.

For the fabrication of custom orthotics, Dr. Nichols uses state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology to ensure the greatest accuracy and for your convenience.

Dr. Nichols devises customized treatment plans and often utilizes a multifaceted treatment approach for best results.

While heel pain and plantar fasciitis can get in the way of your daily life, the right medical treatment and care can decrease your inflammation and get you on your feet again. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

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