Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Michfoot Surgeons PC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Southfield, MI

Is your ability to jump out of bed in the morning shattered by foot and heel pain with your first steps? The odds are that you have plantar fasciitis. To get a better start to your day, Kevin Sorensen, DPM, and Randy Leff, DPM, of Michfoot Surgeons PC offer state-of-the-art treatments for plantar fasciitis, providing their patients in Southfield, Michigan, with much-needed relief. Call or use the online booking tool to get started.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Each of your feet has a tough band of fibrous tissue that stretches across the bottom of your foot from the base of your toes to your heel. This is called your plantar fascia, and this tissue is strung extremely taut to provide support for your arches. When this tissue is inflamed, it leads to plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The hallmark of plantar fasciitis is searing pain with your first steps in the morning. The pain is often felt in your heels, but it can also run along the bottom of your foot. As your plantar fascia stretches out after a few steps, the pain usually subsides.

You may feel this pain when you get up in the morning or after a long period of inactivity, and it may be more pronounced if you’ve exercised earlier.

Because of your plantar fasciitis, you may also develop heel spurs, which aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can cause additional discomfort.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The cause of plantar fasciitis is inflammation in your plantar fascia because of tiny tears along the tissue. Most cases of plantar fasciitis develop on the heels of the following:

  • Wear-and-tear that comes with age
  • Repetitive use, especially concussive activities like running
  • Spending long periods on your feet
  • Foot structure (high arches or flat feet)
  • Carrying extra weight

Although plantar fasciitis doesn’t pose a serious threat to your overall health, it can make the start of your day incredibly painful.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Both Drs. Leff and Sorensen have extensive experience helping their patients at Michfoot Surgeons PC successfully overcome plantar fasciitis using the following:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotics
  • Night splints

As part of their protocol, the doctors turn to innovative regenerative medicine and laser treatment, including stem cell therapy and MLS laser therapy. The MLS laser uses light energy to reduce inflammation and encourage cell signaling for renewal and repair. Stem cell therapy encourages a swifter reaction on a cellular level by introducing powerful healing agents and growth factors to your plantar fascia.

If you want to jump out of bed in the morning without pain, call Michfoot Surgeons PC to set up an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool.