Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville

April 1, 2020

Podiatrist treating patientFor more than a decade, Dr. Verville of RNV Podiatry in Frisco has been providing her patients with high-quality care for problems associated with the feet and ankles. In fact, she has performed more than 1,500 elective and traumatic surgical foot and ankle procedures. She is known for her kind, relational bedside manner, and for providing results that change lives.

If you’ve been having pain in the bottom of your foot, between your heel and toes, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. This condition, which commonly affects men and women in middle-age, can occur for many reasons, and should only be diagnosed by a medical professional like Dr. Verville.

When you visit her for an initial consultation, she will perform a thorough examination of your foot, talk to you about your pain and when you notice pain the most, take any needed images and answer any questions you have. She will then develop a plan to treat your plantar fasciitis.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

As we mentioned, plantar fasciitis is most commonly found in middle-aged men and women but can also affect those who are on their feet for a large part of the day, or who participate in regular, strenuous exercise.

Plantar fasciitis can occur in one or both feet and is the most common form of heel pain experienced among adults in Frisco. As the ligament at the bottom of the foot is strained, it endures tiny tears. These tears lead to pain and swelling throughout the foot.

Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis

In order to effectively diagnose plantar fasciitis for her Frisco patients, Dr. Verville will need to perform a full examination of your foot or feet. If you have been experiencing stiffness or swelling in your ankle or foot joint for more than two weeks, make an appointment to visit Dr. Verville soon. The longer you wait, the more pain you’ll experience.

During her evaluation, Dr. Verville will determine the severity of your plantar fasciitis by:

  • Finding the location of your pain, tenderness, and swelling
  • Testing your reflexes in the affected foot and ankle
  • Establishing your degree of flexibility, alignment, and range of motion

Once she has completed her evaluation, she will recommend a course of treatment to begin immediately and evaluate the best options for your specific case of plantar fasciitis.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Treatment for plantar fasciitis varies from patient to patient and is determined based on the severity of their present condition. Most commonly, plantar fasciitis is treated through:

  • Physical therapy
  • Proper exercise
  • Medication

Oftentimes, the treatment plan for patients will include a combination of treatment options in order to provide the best results possible.

How Long Does the Treatment Process Take for Plantar Fasciitis?

Because plantar fasciitis is the result of continued damage to the plantar fascia over a period of time, Frisco patients should expect the treatment process to take several weeks. Again, this will depend on the severity of your case, and patients should be aware that the pain may not resolve completely for several months.

Talk to Dr. Verville of RNV Podiatry About Your Plantar Fasciitis

If you’re experiencing pain in your foot, don’t put off a call to Dr. Verville in Frisco. After all, as a board-certified podiatrist, she is well-equipped to diagnose and treat your plantar fasciitis pain. To schedule your initial consultation, call RNV Podiatry today at (214) 385-8822.