Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel and foot pain. It can cause significant pain and may need to be treated in order to avoid long-term alteration of your mobility. Dr. Allyson B. Fried, of Culver City, Los Angeles, California, is a podiatrist and medical doctor who has experience in treating this common but frustrating condition. If you would like an expert consultation about your plantar fasciitis, call or book your appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the foot that involves the long, fibrous tendon that runs the length of your foot. This tendon runs from your heel to the ball of your foot, and it creates your arch. This arch supports weight and helps keep your foot flexible and able to keep a full range of motion.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tendon is torn, strained, or otherwise damaged in a way that causes inflammation and pain. This pain can be mild and occasional, or chronic and debilitating.

Causes that can lead to plantar fasciitis may be:

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Standing or walking for long periods
  • Excessive physical activity or exercise
  • Malformations in bones
  • Injury of the ankle, foot, or lower leg
  • Arthritis

Whatever the cause, it may be important that you get your plantar fasciitis treated, especially if your pain worsens or starts affecting your mobility.

Who is at risk for plantar fasciitis?

You may be at a greater risk for the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis if you have these risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Athletic
  • Advanced age

You may also be at a high risk for plantar fasciitis if your lifestyle or job requires excessive standing or walking.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

As part of your consultation with Dr. Fried, she evaluates your symptoms to help make the best plan of care possible for the relief of your discomfort.

Symptoms related to your heel pain that may indicate plantar fasciitis include:

  • Burning
  • Stabbing pain
  • Tenderness
  • Pain after rest
  • Bruising of heel or arch

Dr. Fried will perform a thorough physical exam and may take X-rays to confirm the diagnosis.

What are ways that my plantar fasciitis can be treated?

Dr. Fried’s goals for treatment are to relieve pain and fully restore your mobility. Your plan of care may include one or several of the following treatments:

  • Rest
  • Heat/ice therapy
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • At home exercises
  • Orthotics

If these conservative treatments fail to result in decreased pain, your plantar fasciitis may require surgical intervention. As a podiatrist and a foot surgeon, Dr. Fried is highly skilled at performing surgical procedures that will help you find relief.

If would like to discuss treatment options for your plantar fasciitis, call or book an appointment online today.