Approximately two million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis. And whether you’re 25 years or 65 years old, plantar fasciitis can take a toll on you. 

Increased activity levels like running and walking can cause plantar fasciitis. Your foot’s structure and the type of shoes you wear, too, can also cause plantar fasciitis. 

Fortunately, plantar fasciitis is treatable. Early diagnosis can help us treat you non-surgically before the condition gets to the point of needing surgery. 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis? 

While the condition is commonly referred to as plantar fasciitis, this is actually a misnomer. The plantar fascia, a large ligament on the bottom of the foot, thickens but does not inflame so the correct term for this condition is actually plantar fasciosis. Along with this, however, it is common to have small tears in the plantar fascia or inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue. 

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis? 

Pain in the bottom of the heel that worsens when you stand after sleeping or sitting for extended periods. 

As the condition progresses, you may have pain in your heel after you stand for long hours.

People with all foot types can suffer from this condition but it is most common in people with very high arches and very flat feet. 

How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis

Fortunately, with modern treatment options, we are 99% successful in resolving this condition without surgery. 

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Treatment at our office always begins with non-surgical remedies before moving on to more advanced options. A few of our most effective treatments include:

  • Custom foot orthotics. Our custom-foot orthotics are specifically designed to fit your feet and offer targeted support and biomechanical control where you need it the most. To make the most effective devices, we take a mold of each foot and examine any problem areas before creating your specific orthotics. Athletic, walking, and dress shoes can work well with orthotics.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EPAT). We also offer EPAT, a very effective non-surgical treatment to naturally stimulate the healing of your plantar fascial tissues. 
  • Aquaroll therapy. Aquaroll treatment involves rolling submerged glass beads on the surfaces of the feet to reduce pain and promote healing in the aggravated band of tissue.
  • Laser therapy. This drug-free alternative to heel injections encourages circulation and directly triggers natural tissue healing to help your body repair itself more quickly.

Surgical Treatment

We only perform surgery on you if all the non-surgical treatment options have failed to reduce your pain. Our surgical treatments may involve:

HyProCure is a permanent, internal solution that can provide a lifetime of relief in just half an hour.

Start Your Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis Treatment Today at Our Lee's Summit Office

To finally solve your plantar fasciosis pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Foster in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Please reach out to us online or give our office a call at (816) 246-4222.