Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC

Patrick M. Qualtire, DPM

Podiatrist & Alternative Medicine located in Cumming, GA

Every year, about two million Americans visit the doctor due to plantar fasciitis. Though common, this painful condition requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Without intervention, you may be unable to participate in your favorite activities. At Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC, in Cumming, Georgia, board-certified podiatrist Patrick Qualtire, DPM, uses regenerative medicine techniques, including amniotic fluid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and bone marrow aspirate (BMP) to manage plantar fasciitis. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak to a friendly team member, or book a consultation online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury that causes severe heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia –– a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to your toes –– develops small tears. Over time, these small tears can become irritated and inflamed, which triggers pain and general discomfort.

Anyone can experience plantar fasciitis, but it’s especially common in runners and other athletes who regularly put stress on their heels and feet.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp, burning pain in one or both heels. Usually, pain caused by plantar fasciitis is the worst in the morning, after you wake up. You might also notice that your symptoms flare up following exercise, but not during it.

Who is at risk of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages, genders, and races. Several factors may increase your risk, though, including:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Being overweight
  • Having flat feet or a high arch
  • Having an abnormal gait

You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you work a job that requires you to stay on your feet. For example, construction workers, warehouse employees, and wait staff regularly develop plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Qualtire physically examines your feet, heels, and ankles. During your exam, he checks for areas of tenderness, redness, and swelling.

Dr. Qualtire also reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, including whether you exercise regularly and what type of work you do.

If these tests don’t provide enough information, he might also order X-rays or an MRI to rule out another underlying problem like a stress fracture or nerve tumor.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Whenever possible, Dr. Qualtire uses conservative, preventive measures to treat plantar fasciitis. Usually, this includes treatment with regenerative medicine. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, he might recommend:

  • Amniotic fluid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Bone marrow aspirate (BMP) injections
  • Musculoskeletal laser therapy

Dr. Qualtire uses the Remy cold laser. This tool directs low-level light energy at your plantar fascia. The light energy triggers your body’s natural healing response, which encourages the production of healthy cells and tissue. 

If conservative measures of care don’t provide significant relief, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Don’t let plantar fasciitis keep you sidelined. Schedule an appointment at Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.