Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Karen Wasserman, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Karen Wasserman, DPM

Podiatrist located in Dallas, TX

If you struggle with chronic foot pain, you might have plantar fasciitis. At her practice in Dallas, Texas, Karen Wasserman, DPM, can help you find solutions for your pain. Dr. Wasserman uses cutting-edge techniques to diagnose plantar fasciitis and provides personalized treatments, including noninvasive laser therapy. Dr. Wasserman believes that resolving most podiatric problems is possible without surgery. To explore conservative solutions for your plantar fasciitis pain, Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs from the bottom of your heel to the top of your foot. These ligaments help your foot move and stretch. Sometimes, the plantar fascia can become inflamed. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you may develop stubborn heel pain. Pain is often worse in the morning and gradually decreases throughout the day. But if you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, you may have daytime heel pain whenever you get up and move around. 

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis has many possible causes. At the office of Karen Wasserman, DPM, you receive a thorough evaluation and exam. Dr. Wasserman gets to the root of your pain and identifies underlying foot problems.

Some people are at especially high risk for plantar fasciitis:

  • Runners
  • People who are overweight
  • People over 40
  • People who work jobs that require prolonged standing or walking

Structural problems may also increase your risk of plantar fasciitis. If you have a flat foot or high arch, your plantar fascia can experience added strain.

Symptoms can also appear after starting a new exercise program.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

As part of your evaluation, Dr. Wasserman may suggest imaging tests. These tests can help determine whether you have a fracture or a torn ligament. If you have a foot injury, you might need surgery. 

But most cases of plantar fasciitis respond to non-surgical treatment. Dr. Wasserman can recommend stretching exercises to gently loosen tense muscles and ligaments. Physical therapy can also fix problems with your gait, which may contribute to foot pain. Steroid injections can reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Custom orthotics can help, too. Orthotics are devices that fit inside your shoes. They provide arch support and keep your feet in the right position. Dr. Wasserman offers custom-made orthotics to meet your unique needs. Each set of orthotics is designed using state-of-the-art technology and delivers exceptional results.

If your symptoms don’t respond to physical therapy or orthotics, you may need targeted treatments. Dr. Wasserman delivers cutting-laser therapy and extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). These noninvasive therapies can relieve stubborn pain and promote healing.

Can plantar fasciitis be prevented?

Properly fitted shoes can help prevent plantar fasciitis. Avoid tight, narrow, or worn-out shoes. Your shoes should provide arch support and gentle cushioning. If you're not sure which shoes are best, Dr. Wasserman can offer expert guidance.

If you have plantar fasciitis, it might be best to avoid high-impact sports. Walking and running can worsen plantar fasciitis. Lower impact sports like swimming or bicycling allow your plantar fascia to heal. Dr. Wasserman can help you determine when it’s safe to return to high-impact activities.

Are you struggling with plantar fasciitis foot pain? Let Karen Wasserman, DPM, provide expert care. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.