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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center

Tommie T. Harris, DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Flower Mound & Lewisville, TX

Plantar fasciitis, one of the leading causes of foot and heel pain, can become so severe, it starts keeping you from doing the things you enjoy. At Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center, you can get effective plantar fasciitis treatment with the help of board-certified podiatrist Tommie Harris, DPM. To book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at this Flower Mound, Texas, podiatry practice, request an appointment online or call the clinic to speak with a team member.

Plantar Fasciitis

What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?

Your toes are connected to your heel bone by way of your plantar fascia, a long durable band of connective tissues. When your plantar fascia is overworked or overstretched, it becomes inflamed on a regular basis. This is plantar fasciitis, and some of the common causes and risk factors include:

  • Flat feet
  • Obesity
  • Age (most common between 40-60)
  • Running or jumping sports
  • Working on your feet all day

You don’t have to learn to live with plantar fasciitis discomfort. With plenty of noninvasive and surgical solutions available, you can get relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Are there symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Yes. One of the most common signs of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain near your heel, along the bottom of your foot. But the pain is usually worse right when you wake up, or shortly after you exercise, rather than while walking around all day. You may even have unbearable foot pain during your work day after getting up from a long period of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms can be mild or severe, affecting you daily or just occasionally. In any case, Dr. Harris and the team at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center can get you started on treatment, often during your first appointment.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Dr. Harris finds that about 85% of plantar fasciitis sufferers can get relief from plantar fasciitis pain through conservative treatments. You may benefit from:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Injections or medications
  • Specialized stretches
  • Physical therapy
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)

If these types of solutions aren’t enough to relieve plantar fasciitis pain, Dr. Harris may recommend surgery. Plantar fasciitis surgery — performed with minimally invasive measures — simply involves gently releasing your plantar fascia to decrease tension and inflammation.

Since plantar fasciitis surgery can lead to fallen or weakened arches, though, it’s almost always a last resort. Dr. Harris usually only recommends this specialized type of surgery after several months of trying conservative therapies to no avail.

Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center today. Either click on the online scheduling feature or call the office.