Experiencing heel pain and throbbing arches as soon as you get out of bed can be warning signs of plantar fasciitis. As an expert board-certified podiatrist who specializes in alternative pain relief methods, Henry Tseng, DPM, provides personalized plantar fasciitis treatments at his private practice, Dr. Henry Tseng, located in West Covina and Alhambra, California. Click the online scheduler to book your exam or call either location directly.

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that leads to chronic inflammation of your plantar fascia. This band of connective tissue, which connects your heel bones to your toes, can stretch out and bounce right back into shape with every single step you take.

But your plantar fascia wears down with age and years of wear-and-tear, being overweight, or strenuous exercise — like distance running. Continued stress on your plantar fascia leads to tiny tears near your heel bone. Over time, this is what causes plantar fasciitis-related inflammation and even heel spurs.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

It’s common for plantar fasciitis to continue to progress and cause pain, simply because it’s nearly impossible to stay off your feet long enough to allow your plantar fascia to heal. You should have a plantar fasciitis evaluation at the office of Dr. Henry Tseng if you experience:

  • Worsening heel or arch pain
  • Foot swelling or inflammation
  • Stabbing heel pains

In most cases, plantar fasciitis symptoms are worse after your first few steps when you’ve been sedentary for long periods, like after working at your desk or even sleeping. The more you get moving, the more your plantar fascia stretches out and discomfort gradually subsides.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

At the office of Dr. Henry Tseng, you can expect comprehensive treatment for plantar fasciitis. Dr. Tseng thoroughly evaluates you and talks with you about your symptoms — what causes them and what makes them improve. He may even order a simple digital X-ray or ultrasound to aid in the diagnosis process and to rule out related conditions.

Dr. Tseng spends time teaching you exercises to stretch out your plantar fascia and minimize pain and inflammation. Part of your plantar fasciitis treatment plan may also include:

  • Custom orthotics or insoles
  • Soothing Mighty Balm ointment
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Foot taping

Usually, Dr. Tseng finds that combining these conservative therapies provides effective plantar fasciitis relief. If needed, he can also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications or provide anti-inflammatory injections.

Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at the office of Dr. Henry Tseng today. You can conveniently schedule either online or over the phone.