Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Kerry E. Berg, DPM -  - Foot Surgeon

Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates

Kerry E. Berg, DPM

Foot Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Colorado Springs, CO

If you get out of bed in the morning, only to feel stabbing pains with each step you take, you might have plantar fasciitis. Leading board-certified podiatrist Kerry Berg, DPM, of Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can help you recover from agonizing plantar fasciitis pain. You can book your plantar fasciitis examination online or over the phone.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

You have a long band of fibrous, connective tissues along the bottom of each foot that act like rubber bands. They stretch and bounce back into place with every step you take. This band of tissues is known as your plantar fascia — it connects your heel bone to your toes.

There are a number of reasons why your plantar fascia can become inflamed, a condition known as plantar fasciitis. You can develop this chronic condition due to:

  • Flat feet (progressive flattening of the arch)
  • High arches
  • Excess body weight (obesity)
  • Regularly wearing poorly supportive footwear
  • Frequently running or walking on hard surfaces (overuse and changes in activity level)
  • Tight achilles tendon

It’s also common to develop plantar fasciitis if you work in a field that requires you to be on your feet for hours at a time, such as a nurse, teacher, or postal worker.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes foot pain, most commonly near your heel. This discomfort can range from occasional mild throbbing or aching, to severe stabbing pains. In most cases, plantar fasciitis tends to be worse after long periods of inactivity, such as after sleeping or sitting for several hours.

But extended periods of high activity can cause a plantar fasciitis flare-up, too. For instance, if you go to the gym and run on a treadmill, your plantar fasciitis probably won’t affect your workout. Instead, pain is likely going to start shortly after you’re done exercising.

In many cases, plantar fasciitis is linked to Achilles tendinitis. So if you’re experiencing aching pain down the back of your calf, your plantar fasciitis treatment plan can help. But no matter how minor or how severe your plantar fasciitis may be, Dr. Berg and the caring team at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates can help.

Is there treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Absolutely. Plus, your plantar fasciitis treatment is tailored to best suit your lifestyle and specific symptoms. Treating plantar fasciitis can include:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Custom-designed orthotic shoe inserts
  • Personalized stretching exercises
  • Custom shoe modifications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) 
  • Limiting barefoot activity

Dr. Berg and the expert practitioners at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates work diligently to ensure you recover from plantar fasciitis pain as quickly as possible.

Get relief from plantar fasciitis pain by booking your evaluation at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates today. Schedule through the online booking feature or call the clinic directly.