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Plantar Fascitis Specialist

Lanny Rudner, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists

Lanny Rudner, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in the Greater Los Angeles Area, Beverly Hills, CA

If your first few steps of the morning involve stabbing heel pain, you may have plantar fascitis. Orthopedic surgeon Lanny Rudner, MD, offers the most cutting-edge treatments for plantar fascitis at Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists in Beverly Hills, California. For expert foot care in the greater Los Angeles area, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Plantar Fascitis Q & A

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What is plantar fascitis?

Plantar fascitis is the most common cause of heel pain, affecting about 2 million Americans each year. The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches to your heel.

When your plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed, you have plantar fascitis. This condition causes sharp, stabbing heel pain. Usually, the pain is worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of rest. Pain from plantar fascitis tends to fade as you move around.

What causes plantar fascitis?

Most of the time, plantar fascitis develops without a specific incident or injury. Repetitive movements, such as running, may cause small tears in the fibers of your plantar fascia. This leads to inflammation, heel pain, and stiffness.

Without treatment, plantar fascitis may become a long-term condition that affects your body’s alignment. You should call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists for prompt treatment any time you experience foot pain that doesn’t go away on its own.

Who gets plantar fascitis?

Plantar fascitis is a common sports injury that affects men, women, and children of all ages. However, this condition is most common in adults older than 40.

Certain factors may increase your risk of getting plantar fascitis, such as:

  • Repetitive impact exercises such as running
  • Increasing the intensity of an exercise too quickly
  • Having flatfeet or very high foot arches

In addition to running, high-impact activities like gymnastics and aerobic dance may contribute to plantar fascitis. Having a job that requires standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, such as teaching, may also increase your risk.

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How is plantar fascitis diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Rudner performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history. He checks your feet for areas of tenderness and may take an X-ray to look for bone spurs or fractures.

Once he diagnoses plantar fascitis, Dr. Rudner develops a personalized treatment plan that utilizes the most current techniques. Usually, plantar fascitis improves with conservative therapies, such as:

  • Rest and ice
  • Calf stretches
  • Plantar fascia stretches
  • Cortisone injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Supportive shoes and orthotics

If your condition persists despite treatment, Dr. Rudner may recommend surgery. He’s highly trained in the most advanced minimally invasive procedures available today.

To learn more, call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.