Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Daniel Bell DPM Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Pembroke Pines, FL & Plantation, FL

When your foot pain becomes so severe that you start missing out on things you enjoy, it’s time to call Daniel Bell, DPM, PA. His practice, Daniel Bell DPM Foot and Ankle Institute, has two locations in Plantation and Pembroke Pines, Florida. Dr. Bell helps countless men and women who suffer from plantar fasciitis. When you call or make an appointment online, let his caring team know if you have severe arch or heel pain. They’ll get you set up with a visit with Dr. Bell, a board-certified podiatrist, so you can start living pain-free.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

You have a long, flat ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot. This ligament, called the plantar fascia, connects your heel bone to your toes, supporting your foot’s arch. Even the slightest strain to this ligament, causes it to weaken, especially if you don’t give it time to heal. Although plantar fasciitis generally starts out as a mild, acute inflammatory condition, without proper treatment, it turns into a chronic foot strain that leaves you in pain on a daily basis.

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

Your feet take a beating every day. From fitting into snug shoes, to bearing the impact of your workout, it’s no wonder they get injured. Though you might not know the exact cause of your specific case of plantar fasciitis, some of the reasons you might have it include:

  • Being female
  • Having heel spurs
  • Rolling your feet inward when you walk
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having flat feet or fallen arches
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Having high arches
  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Walking, standing, or running for long periods
  • Exercising, especially running, on hard surfaces
  • Having tight calf muscles

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis usually begins with heel pain, which is often called a stone bruise. The more you walk on it, the more swollen and irritated it becomes, causing you pain with each step. Most plantar fasciitis sufferers go through their worst heel and arch pain in the morning, right after waking. It’s also common to have severe plantar fasciitis discomfort right after you work out or go for a run (not usually during your exercise).

Can I get treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Yes. Dr. Bell spends time showing you stretching exercises that can help with plantar fasciitis tension. You’ll probably need to do these exercises several times every day when you get started on your recovery plan. Because no two cases of plantar fasciitis are the same, Dr. Bell evaluates you regularly to see how you’re doing.

If needed, he offers strappings, or taping of your foot, as well as custom orthotics. As your plantar fascia ligament heals, your pain diminishes. Dr. Bell even teaches you what you need to do to prevent future issues with plantar fasciitis.