Plantar Fasciitis Doctors Questions and Answers
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What is the best doctor for plantar fasciitis?
The following healthcare professionals can diagnose, treat and help prevent plantar fasciitis and recommend nonsurgical treatment:
Family medicine physician — Often called family doctors, family medicine physicians are experts in a broad range of conditions and ailments. They are typically a patient’s first line of contact for all healthcare-related concerns, and can refer patients to specialists if advanced care is required.
Podiatrist — Specialists in all things related to the feet and ankles, podiatrists are often the first expert to which a family doctor will refer for foot problems. They can treat a multitude of conditions and afflictions with the feet, from plantar fasciitis and sprains, to bunions and warts.
Orthopedist — Orthopedists have much in common with podiatrists, although their specialty sets them apart. While podiatrists can treat every external condition of the feet, orthopedists are experts of the bones and muscles, having a keen eye for everything related to the internal structure of the feet.
Sports medicine specialist — Well-versed in injuries and common wear and tear due to sports, sports medicine specialists are experts at common and obscure conditions that affect athletes and the like.
What can a podiatrist do for plantar fasciitis?
The initial patient visit consists of an expansive history review and a series of questions to consider the length of time the patient has had pain and what they have done to treat it. The shoe gear requirements and needs are taken into consideration, the patient’s use of an orthotic or over-the-counter insole, their history of stretching, and whether there was an actual event that provoked the problem or if it was just chronic damage over time.
A lateral radiograph of the weightbearing foot is obtained in order to check foot alignment, see if there is a spur present and also to ensure there is no cyst or fracture present. Ultrasounds are typically not used to diagnose tarsal tunnel syndrome but can be used to see if there is a space-occupying lesion or any form of venous congestion in the tarsal tunnel. The plantar fascia is very easy to image and the consistency of the fascia is analyzed, whether there is tearing present, scar tissue present and what the insertion on the heel is like. If there is access to a power Doppler with ultrasound, it may also be able to see the amount of blood in the area. This can help indicate how chronic the damage is, which will result in less blood flow on power Doppler imaging.
What is the quickest way to cure plantar fasciitis?
There are many things you can do to improve plantar fasciitis and expedite the healing process. Below are a few general examples:
Massage your feet — Use a golf ball or tennis ball for a cheap, effective massage tool to provide comfort and pain relief throughout the day. Roll the ball beneath your foot while continually applying steady pressure.
Stretch — A study published in Foot & Ankle International found that 83% of patients were successful in using stretching to improve their plantar fasciitis pain. Stretching is one of the most effective ways to reduce pain and promote healing for plantar fasciitis.
Use Sock Splints at Night, and Orthotics During the Day — This point is pretty self-explanatory. By using sock splints and orthotics, it helps provide support for the natural arch of the foot. This greatly reduces plantar fasciitis flare-ups.
If you or someone you know has plantar fasciitis, come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today! We have expertly trained staff who are experienced in treating plantar fasciitis. Contact our office to talk with an expert today. To schedule an appointment at our clinic, visit us online or give us a call!