Plantar Fasciitis

Stockdale Podiatry Group -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Stockdale Podiatry Group

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA & Porterville, CA

About 1 in 10 American adults experience plantar fasciitis at some point in their life. Fortunately, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group offers many advanced plantar fasciitis treatments at their offices in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California. Find out how you can find heel pain relief by calling the office nearest you or booking an appointment using online scheduling.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue that spans your heel, arch, and midfoot strains. This causes tiny tears and inflammation, which leads to heel pain and other issues. 

Plantar fasciitis usually develops over time. There are several factors that can contribute to it, including obesity, exercise, long periods of standing, and foot conditions like flatfoot or high arches. 

What symptoms does plantar fasciitis cause? 

The most common symptom is sharp or stabbing heel pain. This pain usually occurs when you take the first steps in the morning. Your plantar fascia tissue retracts while you're asleep so when you take the initial steps of the day, it causes fresh stretching and tearing, leading to your heel pain. 

The heel pain often peaks after (not during) exercise. The bottom of your heel might feel tender or sore, even when you’re at rest. Sometimes, plantar fasciitis also causes pain when you flex your toes up, as this can pull on the plantar fascia tissue. 

How do you diagnose plantar fasciitis?

Usually, the experienced podiatrists can diagnose plantar fasciitis after a physical foot exam and symptom assessment. 

In some cases, you might also need an X-ray, ultrasound, or a digital CT scan to rule out other heel problems and diagnose plantar fasciitis. Stockdale Podiatry Group has all these advanced diagnostic tools in the office. 

How can I stop plantar fasciitis pain?

Stockdale Podiatry Group offers the most effective treatments for plantar fasciitis, including: 

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Plantar fascia stretching with night splints
  • Taping
  • Foot exercises
  • Custom orthotics
  • Laser therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Steroid and anesthetic ultrasound injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy 

The team takes a personalized approach to plantar fasciitis that focuses on rapid pain relief and healing. If conservative injections don’t help, or if you have chronic plantar fasciitis, the team may recommend TenJet, a minimally invasive procedure. 

TenJet requires only a small incision and local anesthesia. During this procedure, your podiatrist uses ultrasound guidance to precisely position a pressurized high-velocity stream of saline. 

The saline detaches diseased and unhealthy plantar fascia tissue but leaves your healthy tissue intact. After the procedure, you can walk and return home immediately. The TenJet procedure only takes around 15 minutes and is a much less invasive alternative to surgery.

Call Stockdale Podiatry Group or book a consultation with online scheduling to learn more about your treatment options.