Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

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Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Tooele and West Valley City, UT

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 adults in the United States will experience plantar fasciitis pain. If you have persistent heel pain that doesn’t go away with rest or medications, The Foot Clinic in Tooele, and West Valley City, Utah, can help you. Experienced podiatrist Richard Luke Jones, DPM, uses conservative therapies to treat plantar fasciitis symptoms. Dr. Jones also has extensive experience performing minimally invasive surgeries to release contracted ligaments in the bottom of your foot to treat persistent heel pain. Call the office today to schedule a plantar fasciitis consultation, or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of plantar fascia, the thick band of ligaments that run across the bottom of your foot and connect your toes to your heel bone.

Although the ligaments are tough and help absorb the shock of your movements, overuse can lead to small tears and persistent inflammation in the tissues.

Your risk for developing plantar fasciitis increases as you age. You may also be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis pain because of:

  • Obesity
  • High arches
  • Flat feet
  • Prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces

Athletes at all levels may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis pain, especially those who run long distances or engage in other activities that put a lot of stress on the heel and surrounding tissues.

When should I seek treatment for plantar fasciitis?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Foot Clinic for plantar fasciitis if you have persistent heel pain that you can’t treat with over-the-counter medications and rest.

Dr. Jones also recommends scheduling a consultation if you have heel pain that continues to worsen, even with treatment. He offers comprehensive diagnostic testing services and physical exams to confirm or rule out plantar fasciitis as the cause of your symptoms.

Based on the results of X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests, Dr. Jones creates a treatment plan to relieve your pain and prevent more serious damage to the ligaments in your feet.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

If you have mild to moderate heel pain, you may find relief with over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Dr. Jones may also recommend keeping weight off your heel and getting as much rest as you can.

To stretch the ligaments and muscles in your foot, Dr. Jones can refer you for physical therapy. He may also suggest that you use orthotic shoe inserts to keep pressure off your heel and better support the arches of your feet.

When conservative therapies aren’t working well for your plantar fasciitis pain, Dr. Jones may recommend injectable therapies that deliver medications directly into your ligament. He can also determine if you need surgery to release an overly tight plantar fascia, so you can achieve long-term pain relief.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for plantar fasciitis symptoms, call The Foot Clinic today or book an appointment online.