Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist located in Hattiesburg, MS

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, with two million Americans seeking treatment for this condition annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist Dr. Thomas Baylis has extensive experience in alleviating plantar fasciitis symptoms. If you’re suffering from heel pain, call or book an appointment online with Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that occurs when the thick strip of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone becomes inflamed. This tissue is called the plantar fascia, and it acts as a shock absorber, supporting the arch of the foot. However, excessive pressure on the foot can inflame or tear this fibrous tissue, resulting in plantar fasciitis.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

When the plantar fascia is under too much tension, it can develop small tears and inflammation. Some of the risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis are:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a high arch or being flat-footed
  • Walking abnormally
  • Engaging in activities that put excessive stress on your feet
  • Spending a lot of time on your feet

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. In most cases, this pain feels like a stabbing sensation and is most severe when taking your first steps in the morning. As you move around more, the pain usually becomes less severe. However, it may get worse again after you’ve spent a significant amount of time sitting down or standing. Plantar fasciitis can affect one or both feet. This condition is particularly common among runners.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed based on your medical history and an examination of your feet. During the exam, Dr. Baylis checks for tenderness in your foot and discusses your symptoms. If he suspects your symptoms may be caused by something other than plantar fasciitis, he orders an X-ray for confirmation.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

A variety of options exist, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotics to support your arches and distribute pressure over the feet evenly
  • Night splints that stretch the arch of your foot and your calf while you sleep
  • Surgery in rare cases

If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, find a solution with Dr. Baylis. Book your appointment online or call the office today to schedule.