Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic

Randy E Lowe, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Boise, ID & Meridian, ID

About 1 in every 10 people will experience plantar fasciitis at some point in their life. If you experience symptoms of this very common condition, book an appointment at Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic in Boise and Meridian, Idaho. Led by board-certified podiatrist Randy Lowe, DPM, the team can help you find the right treatment to relieve your symptoms and restore your foot health. To speak with Dr. Lowe about your condition, schedule your appointment by phone or online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that occurs when you experience irritation and inflammation of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a group of tissues found along the bottoms of your feet that connects your toes to your heel bone. 

When these tissues become irritated and inflamed, it causes stabbing heel pain that can make it difficult to walk or stand. Many people experience the worst symptoms after taking their first steps out of bed in the morning. Plantar fasciitis pain can also increase after long periods of sitting or standing. 

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the result of tension and stress on the plantar fascia. Repeat stress can cause overstretching and small tears to develop in the tissue, eventually leading to pain and inflammation. 

In many cases, plantar fasciitis doesn’t develop from one clear cause, but instead a combination of factors that put too much stress on those tissues. Certain factors like age, obesity, and certain occupations can increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis. 

Certain physical activities like running, basketball, and soccer can also increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis. 

Many people with plantar fasciitis also suffer from a heel spur. A heel spur is a bony deposit on the bottom of your heel bone that can aggravate the plantar fascia and other tissues near your heel. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Without proper treatment, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain and interfere with your mobility and overall quality of life. Untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to further complications with your back, hips, and feet. 

To determine the most effective treatment, Dr. Lowe performs a physical examination and reviews your medical history. In some cases, he may perform imaging tests to rule out other conditions. 

After your diagnosis, Dr. Lowe works with you to develop the most effective treatment plan.  

How will a podiatrist treat my plantar fasciitis?

Dr. Lowe specializes in safe and effective treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle problems. In many cases, he treats plantar fasciitis with a combination of conservative treatments like:

  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Orthotics

Dr. Lowe offers custom orthotics that he develops himself. This ensures your orthotics not only have the right fit but are designed with your specific needs in mind. The goal of conservative treatment is to relieve your pain and allow your tissues to heal. 

In rare cases, you may need surgery to release your plantar fascia from the heel bone. 

To learn more, call Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic or book your appointment online today.