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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM -  - General Podiatrist

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM

General and Pediatric Podiatrist located in College Park, MD

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition and the most common cause of heel pain. It affects up to 10% of the general population and is especially prominent in active working adults between the ages of 25 and 65. The team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, in College Park, Maryland, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis. They develop individualized treatment plans to alleviate pain, promote healing, and improve overall health and well-being. To schedule an appointment for your plantar fasciitis, call the office or book online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of your plantar fascia, the bowstring band of tissue located on the bottom of your foot that runs from the back of your heel to your toes. Your plantar fascia supports your foot arch and acts as a shock absorber when you walk, run, or jump.

Too much stress or tension on the plantar fascia may lead to tears in the tissue. Over time, the damage may worsen and lead to inflammation and pain.

You may be at higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you engage in physical activities that place extra stress on your feet, such as running, ballet, or aerobics. 

Obesity, aging, and occupations that require you to spend long periods standing are also risk factors for this common foot condition.

What are plantar fasciitis symptoms?

Heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. In most cases, you may only experience the pain when you first wake up in the morning or after sitting for a prolonged time. 

Though exercise may play a role in the development of plantar fasciitis, you’re more likely to experience pain after you finish your workout, not during. 

What happens during a plantar fasciitis evaluation?

The team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, takes an individualized approach to care. The details of your plantar fasciitis evaluation are unique to your needs and health concerns. 

During your evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they started, the type of pain you feel, and how your pain affects your daily life and activities. Then, they examine your feet and may request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to rule out other causes of foot pain. 

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, takes an integrative and conservative approach to care and develops individualized treatment plans to manage plantar fasciitis. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Ice packs
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints

If conservative treatments fail to alleviate your heel pain, the team may suggest other interventions such as steroid injections. The team may also talk to you about extracorporeal shockwave therapy, which uses sound wave technology to support the healing of your damaged tissue.

For chronic plantar fasciitis, the team may suggest surgery to detach the plantar fascia from your heel bone.

Don’t let your plantar fasciitis keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Call Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, or schedule an appointment online today.