Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Sequoia Foot Care Group

Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Visalia, CA

Plantar fasciitis, the leading cause of heel pain, tends to flare up after long periods of inactivity, like after getting out of bed in the morning. If you regularly feel throbbing and aching pains in your heels and arches, board-certified podiatrist Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS, provides personalized plantar fasciitis care at Sequoia Foot Care Group in Visalia, California. Request an appointment online to book your plantar fasciitis exam or call the office.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis means that your plantar fascia, the connective ligaments that link your toes and heels together, is inflamed. In most cases, plantar fasciitis is a result of inherited faulty foot mechanics. For instance, if you have high arches or flat feet, you have added strain on your plantar fascia, and it can easily become inflamed.

But plantar fasciitis is sometimes a condition that develops gradually over time because of your lifestyle. If you work in a field where you’re standing or walking all day or are a runner or an athlete who trains for hours throughout the week, your plantar fasciitis is regularly under extreme pressure. This can ultimately lead to ongoing inflammation and plantar fasciitis-related symptoms.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

Your feet shouldn’t be causing you pain, and since it’s so difficult to stay off your feet to give them a break, any underlying pain-causing condition is highly likely to worsen if you don’t seek proper treatment.

Ideally, you should plan on scheduling an exam with Dr. Motos at Sequoia Foot Care Group at the first sign of discomfort. He can often diagnose plantar fasciitis on the spot through diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

It’s particularly important to have a plantar fasciitis examination if you experience:

  • Disruptions in your daily activities because of foot pain
  • Agonizing heel or arch pain
  • Stabbing sensations
  • Foot swelling

With plantar fasciitis, you’re probably going to find that the foot discomfort you have is worse either after getting out of bed or after walking around after sitting for several hours. Symptoms are intense during these periods because your plantar fascia hasn’t had a chance to stretch out for an extended period.

Usually, pain and inflammation subside the more you get moving. In any case, whether you have occasional plantar fasciitis pain or daily pain, you have options for relief at Sequoia Foot Care Group.

Which plantar fasciitis treatment is best?

To treat plantar fasciitis, you need to ensure your feet get the support they need to take any added strain off your plantar fascia. The best and most effective plantar fasciitis treatments include a combination of:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections
  • Padding, taping, and strapping
  • Activity modifications
  • Supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Night splints

Sometimes though, surgery is unavoidable when it comes to plantar fasciitis. If conservative treatments aren’t enough, Dr. Motos can correct the underlying issue, such as removing a heel spur or releasing tight connective tissues, using minimally invasive measures. The team at Sequoia Foot Care Group care for you every step of the way to ensure your plantar fasciitis treatment is effective.

Before your plantar fasciitis keeps you down another day, get started on treatment at Sequoia Foot Care Group. Schedule your plantar fasciitis evaluation online or over the phone.