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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine

Zakee O. Shabazz, DPM

Podiatrist located in Fairfax, VA

One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis can be excruciating for those who suffer from it. Dr. Zakee O. Shabazz, DPM, of Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine, in Fairfax, Virginia, provides diagnosis, care plans, and treatment. Stand up to plantar fasciitis. Call for an appointment today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What’s plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common type of heel pain caused by a strain in the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes, crossing the bottom of the foot and supporting the arch. When the band of tissue becomes swollen and inflamed, heel and foot pain results. Plantar fasciitis occurs more frequently in runners, people whose jobs involve long periods of standing, and those carrying extra body weight.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis usually causes sharp pain at the bottom of the foot around the heel. Pain is usually worse in the morning upon waking, but starts to reduce after walking. It may occur again later in the day after long periods of standing or walking. Pain usually isn’t a problem during exercise, but it may flare up after an activity.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber in conjunction with the arch of the foot. With repeated stress and stretching, small tears occur in the fascia and damage doesn’t have a chance to heal before receiving more stress. This repeated stretching and tearing leads to inflammation and irritation of the fascia, resulting in its distinctive pain.

Certain risk factors increase a person’s chance for developing plantar fasciitis. These factors include:

  • Age: Most patients first develop plantar fasciitis between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Foot conditions: Those with flat or high arches or unusual gaits may develop plantar fasciitis.
  • Occupational conditions: Factory workers, teachers, wait staff, and anyone whose job includes long periods of walking or standing risk fascia inflammation.
  • Certain activities: Any sport or activity that puts unusual stress on the feet may result in plantar fasciitis. These could include, running, jumping, ballet, and other types of dance.
  • Overweight: The increased stress on the feet from extra weight may irritate the plantar fascia.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

Dr. Shabazz performs a thorough exam to test your nerve and muscle health. This involves testing:

  • Reflexes
  • Muscle tone
  • The appearance of the foot
  • Reactions to weight and pressure on the foot
  • The ability to balance

In some cases, an X-ray or ultrasound may be used to determine a diagnosis.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
United Healthcare