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Heel Pain - Plantar Fasciitis
Dr. Alex Yanovskiy, DPM - Des Plaines & Hoffman Estates


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Common Questions about Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis? What causes it?

Plantar fasciitis refers to an inflammation of the plantar fascia (a soft tissue band at the bottom of your foot that supports the arch, running from the heel bone to the metatarsal bones). The inflammation is most commonly caused by what is called "overuse syndrome," when patients walk a lot or stand for long periods of time during the day. Overweight patients are at higher risk, due to added stress on the tissue. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by small tears in the fascia, or biomechanical changes in a patient’s foot.

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis? What are the symptoms?

Heel pain is the most telling symptom. Patients often experience acute pain in the morning, when they’ve just stepped out of bed, or when starting to walk after sitting for a long time. With plantar fasciitis, patients might also experience aggravated pain when walking. Dr. Yanovskiy offers state-of-the-art diagnoses and a variety of treatments options for patients who might be experiencing heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.

How is it diagnosed?

At your appointment, Dr. Yanovskiy will talk with you to determine the exact nature of your symptoms. If necessary, he’ll state-of-the-art equipment, including x-rays, ultrasounds, and even MRIs, to examine the area and determine the source of your symptoms. All diagnostic tests are available on-site, so you won’t be traveling from one doctor to another to get a straight answer. After a thorough examination, Dr. Yanovskiy will talk you through the available options and help you determine the best course of treatment.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a variety of treatment options. Some patients do well with icing and stretching exercises, which Dr. Yanovskiy can teach you. Some patients benefit from injections, custom-made orthotics, or electrical stimulation. These treatments are available on-site, at Dr. Yanovskiy’s office, including physical therapy, so you won’t have to travel far to get the best possible treatment.

In some cases, patients benefit from surgical correction. In those instances, Dr. Yanovskiy offers same-day surgery to offer relief as quickly as possible. These low-impact corrections don’t require any time away from work or extensive physical therapy sessions before you can get back up on your feet. Dr. Yanovskiy says most patients are able to walk right out of the office after the procedure.

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