Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS -  - Podiatrist

Orange County Podiatry

Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS

Podiatrist located in Orange, CA & Irvine, CA

Known as one of the most common pain-causing conditions podiatrists treat, plantar fasciitis can make you dread getting out of bed since pain is at its peak after periods of rest. Whether you have occasional plantar fasciitis pain or ongoing foot discomfort, you can get the relief you need at the Orange County offices of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, in Irvine and Orange, California. Book your plantar fasciitis evaluation online or call your most convenient location directly.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Your feet are responsible for stabilizing and supporting your entire skeletal structure. Part of the reason your feet stay so stable is because of the long band of connective tissue — your plantar fascia — that runs across your arch. Your plantar fascia stretches and retracts with every step.

As strong as your plantar fascia is, it’s prone to overuse between the natural effects of aging and sporting or exercise activities. Your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of your plantar fascia, increases due to:

  • Heel spurs
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Frequently wearing unsupportive shoes

It’s also possible that your job is the cause of your plantar fasciitis. If you stand on your feet or walk around all day, for instance, you strain your plantar fascia on a regular basis.

When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?

Your feet shouldn’t be causing you pain or keeping you from enjoyable activities. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, schedule an exam with Dr. Vincent right away.

  • Heel or arch pain
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Foot pain that peaks after exercise, but not during
  • Pain that’s worse after you get out of bed or up from sitting for long periods

These are all warning signs of plantar fasciitis. At her offices, Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, performs a comprehensive examination and looks at any essential imaging to confirm a plantar fasciitis diagnosis and rule out any related conditions.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treating plantar fasciitis and preventing agonizing arch and heel pain involves combining several different therapies. Depending on the severity of your plantar fasciitis, Dr. Vincent may recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Physical therapy and activity modifications
  • Padding, taping, and strapping
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Night splints

While rare, if these conservative plantar fasciitis treatments aren’t effective, surgery might be the next step.

Plantar fasciitis surgery involves removing any heel spurs and releasing your tightened plantar fascia. Dr. Vincent uses modern minimally invasive measures, so you can experience a fast recovery.

Click on the online scheduler to book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at an office of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, today. You can also call your nearest office to schedule an appointment.

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