Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Specialist

Scott J. Pickett, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Upstate Podiatry Services

Scott J. Pickett, DPM

Podiatrist located in Schenectady, NY

Plantar fasciitis and related heel pain can make it unbearable for you to make it through your workday. Scott J. Pickett, DPM and his team at Upstate Podiatry Services in Schenectady, New York offer several pain-relieving treatments. If you have undiagnosed foot pain or have suffered from plantar fasciitis for an extended period, Dr. Pickett can help. Schedule your evaluation through the online booking feature, or call the clinic for more information.

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The long band of connective tissues that run across the bottom of your foot is known as your plantar fascia: it connects your toes to your heel bone. When this band becomes inflamed, it’s known as plantar fasciitis, which is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

Your plantar fascia is designed to stretch and act as a shock absorber. With too much tension or stress though, you can develop gradual small tears. The more you strain and tear your plantar fascia, the worse your heel pain becomes.  

Can I tell if I have plantar fasciitis?

Often, yes. Plantar fasciitis sufferers frequently report having severe, stabbing foot pain that generally happens when you take your first steps in the morning. Usually, pain decreases the more you move throughout the day.

Foot pain can come and go each hour the more you move, stand, or walk. It’s also common to have throbbing pain after exercise, but the pain doesn’t typically occur during the workout.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Many plantar fasciitis sufferers find that staying off their feet for a few days and avoiding exercise helps resolve acute plantar fasciitis pain. If it keeps coming back or if it starts interfering with your regular activities though, it’s time to see Dr. Pickett. Your individualized treatment plan could include:

  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Custom orthotics
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy

Although rare, some men and women need surgery to repair their plantar fascia. Dr. Pickett only suggests plantar fasciitis surgery if all other treatment methods haven’t worked for you, or if your condition is continuing to worsen.

Plantar fasciitis surgery involves detaching your plantar fascia from your heel bone. While you’re likely to get relief from plantar fasciitis discomfort, the downfall is that the surgery can weaken the arch of your foot. That's why Dr. Pickett only suggests plantar fasciitis surgery as an absolute last resort.

If you have plantar fasciitis or heel pain, use the online scheduling feature to book an evaluation at Upstate Podiatry Services. You can also call the office for available appointment times.