Plantar Fasciitis

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in San Diego, CA

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be debilitating, causing great pain in your feet. If you have symptoms of this condition, expert podiatrist Trent Brookshier, DPM, at North Park Podiatry in San Diego, California, provides superior evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments. Call the office today to schedule an appointment if you have foot concerns, or book an appointment online when you’re ready.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful foot condition that affects the plantar fascia. This thick band of tissue runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes, absorbing any shock to the bottom of your foot, and supporting your arches, as well.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If you have plantar fasciitis, you might experience:

Heel pain

The hallmark symptom is intense, stabbing pain in your heel, typically at the bottom. This discomfort is usually most pronounced during your first steps in the morning or after prolonged rest.

Arch pain

You might also experience arch pain, as the plantar fascia is responsible for maintaining the arch's integrity.


Your foot can feel stiff, especially after inactivity or extended periods of standing.

Discomfort during activity

Pain often worsens with prolonged walking, running, or other weight-bearing activities.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The exact cause of plantar fasciitis can vary, but it typically occurs due to a combination of factors:

  • Overuse (repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, like excessive walking or running)
  • Poor foot mechanics (high arches, flat feet, or abnormal walking patterns)
  • Improper footwear (inadequate arch support or poor cushioning)
  • Age (more common between those aged 40-60 years old)
  • Obesity (can cause additional strain on the plantar fascia)
  • Tight calf muscles (can increase tension on the plantar fascia)

During an evaluation, the team can provide an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treating plantar fasciitis is typically a multifaceted approach, and the choice of treatment may vary depending on the severity of your condition. Common strategies include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotics
  • Footwear (with supportive, cushioned shoes with good arch support)
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Night splints (to keep your plantar fascia stretched while you sleep)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) (noninvasive treatment to stimulate healing)

In rare, extreme cases where conservative methods fail, the team may recommend surgical intervention to release tension on the plantar fascia.

If you’re struggling with symptoms of plantar fasciitis, turn to North Park Podiatry. Call the friendly staff today or use the online scheduler now.