Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Specialist

William Lehrich, DPM -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Family Podiatry Center

William Lehrich, DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Mission District, San Franciso, CA & East Bay, San Leandro, CA

Plantar fasciitis -- the inflammation of the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot -- doesn’t just afflict runners. At the Family Podiatry Center in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, and San Leandro, California, Dr. William Lehrich knows the tribulations of plantar fasciitis and the most effective treatments for this inflammatory condition. He has extensive experience and provides a spectrum of proven-successful treatments carefully personalized for each patient. For podiatric care for you and your family, the runners and sedentary alike, visit Family Podiatry Care. Call or click to book here on the website.

Plantar Fascitis Treatment

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition caused by degenerative irritation of the plantar fascia ligament in your foot. This thick band of tissue connects your toes and heel bone and acts as a shock absorber with the surrounding ligaments and tendons to support the arch of your foot.

Excess pressure can result in an inflammatory response and heel pain and stiffness in the area.

Many runners have plantar fasciitis, but anyone with any activity level can have it. Obesity and excess body weight increase the risk of developing this condition.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

A plantar fasciitis diagnosis requires a physical exam, where Dr. Lehrich checks for tenderness and pain in your foot and pinpoints the exact location of the pain to rule out other foot conditions.

You might be asked to perform certain stretches to test the health and strength of your plantar fascia ligaments.

Dr. Lehrich might order an X-ray of your foot to confirm if a stress fracture or another underlying issue is present.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Plantar fasciitis is usually treated with common, at-home methods first, such as resting, icing the area, and avoiding certain exercises.

Dr. Lehrich might also recommend:

  • Night splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Heel pads
  • Stretches and specialized exercises
  • Oral medications and injections, such as steroids and anti-inflammatories

In more severe cases, surgery might be necessary. Usually, the surgery for plantar fasciitis is a plantar fascia release, where Dr. Lehrich releases a portion of your plantar fascia ligament from the heel bone.

Plantar warts are a complication sometimes related to plantar fasciitis, and occur because excess pressure on the tendon can lead to plantar warts that grow inwards and form a callus.

A plantar wart is a hard growth caused by a virus that usually appears underneath the foot where the most pressure is absorbed. You can contract this virus through small openings or cuts at the bottom of your foot. The treatments for plantar warts include medications, laser treatment, and cryotherapy.

Dr. Lehrich can alleviate plantar fasciitis and other bothersome conditions. Conveniently schedule your consultation online or call his office today.