Foot and Ankle

Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis, also called "policeman's heel," is an irritation of the thick tissue, known as the plantar fascia, located on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fascia is a thick band that connects the heel bone to the toes creating and supporting the natural arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is overstretched and/or overused, and it makes walking very painful and much more difficult. 


Non-surgical treatments include pain relievers to relieve pain and inflammation, physical therapy, orthotics and night splints.

Injections and surgery are also used to treat plantar fasciitis. Surgical treatment is only considered after all conservative treatment has failed.

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training, specifically in the foot and ankle, and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are recognized leaders in the industry and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.

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To learn more about the treatment options available for plantar fasciitis, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.

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Appointment Resources

Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained foot doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and suggestions on preparing for your appointment. 

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