David E Biss, DPM
Podiatrist located in Concord, NH & Plymouth, NH
Stabbing heel pain is often due to plantar fasciitis, a common condition that sometimes involves the presence of a heel spur. David Biss, DPM, provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment for plantar fasciitis at two Concord Podiatry locations in Concord and Plymouth, New Hampshire. To find relief from plantar fasciitis and other types of heel pain, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.
Plantar Fasciitis Q&A
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is chronic inflammation of the band of connective tissue that stretches from your heel bone to your toes (the plantar fascia). While runners are most commonly affected by plantar fasciitis, you can also suffer from this painful condition due to:
- Being overweight
- Having flat feet
- Regularly playing jumping sports, like basketball
- Standing on your feet all day for work
Even though plantar fasciitis can strike men and women of any age, it’s most likely to occur if you’re between the ages of 40-60.
Are there symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Yes, and stabbing heel pain is the primary complaint. What makes plantar fasciitis pain unique is that discomfort is usually worse when you take your first steps after waking up or after getting up from a sitting position.
For some, exercise worsens plantar fasciitis pain. But you don’t usually feel pain during exercise. Rather, it kicks in shortly after physical activity.
Any pain and inflammation you experience with plantar fasciitis are only going to get worse over time if you ignore it. The sooner you start a plantar fasciitis treatment plan with Dr. Biss, the quicker you can start healing and feeling better.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
First, Dr. Biss reviews your symptoms and medical history. He carefully examines your foot and ankle to rule out all other causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendinitis, arthritis, or a cyst.
Dr. Biss may order imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to further evaluate your foot and check for the presence of heel spurs, which sometimes develop in people with plantar fasciitis.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
As a podiatry specialist who offers the latest in plantar fasciitis solutions, Dr. Biss designs custom treatment plans based on your specific symptoms and lifestyle. Your individualized plantar fasciitis treatment plan can include:
- Prescription orthotic inserts
- Physical therapy
- Personalized stretches
- Night splints
- Corticosteroid injections
Usually, finding the right combination of these therapies helps resolve plantar fasciitis pain within a few weeks. However, if your pain and symptoms persist despite conservative treatment, Dr. Biss may recommend surgery.
Schedule your plantar fasciitis evaluation at Concord Podiatry by clicking on the online booking feature. You can also call the clinic directly.