About Plantar Fasciitis

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue that connects the heel to the front of the foot. The plantar fascia is important because it supports the foot’s arch. Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of lower foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia. By nature, the plantar fascia evenly distributes stress on the foot. Too much stress can cause minor tears and inflammation.

Common Causes:

  • Repetitive high impact activities and exercises
  • New exercises and activities
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Being overweight/obese
  • A high arch

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis may include:

  • A sharp burning pain
  • Pain is usually worse in the mornings, sitting down for a prolonged period of time and after exercise
  • Greater pain after exercise or activity


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) foot specialist.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) our foot specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care. 

When diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options relieve plantar fasciitis pain. Numerous treatment options are included in an OPA foot specialist’s customized treatment plan, including:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Oral and topical medications that decrease inflammation and pain.

Stretching Exercises

At home exercises that loosen the plantar fascia and foot and calf muscles.

Supportive Shoes or Orthotics

Take the pressure off the foot’s arch.

Night Splints

Keep the foot in an anatomical position while sleeping.

Physical Therapy

Stretches and strengthens the plantar fascia and foot and calf muscles.

Corticosteroid Injections

Anti-inflammatory medications that provide fast-acting pain relief.


A walking cast or boot.

Surgery is rarely needed to treat plantar fasciitis. A plantar fascia release may be performed to treat very severe plantar fasciitis that does not improve after one year of nonsurgical treatment. The OPA foot specialists relieve plantar fascia pain as quickly as possible.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Foot Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating Plantar Fasciitis.

If you are experiencing pain from plantar fasciitis, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists that are conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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