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Plantar Fasciitis

What is?

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition caused from inflammation in the plantar fascia. This fascia extends from the heel all the way to the toes. This results in heel pain that can be quite painful and in some cases debilitating.

Symptoms: Most pain associated from plantar fasciitis is usually in the heel or arch. This pain can range from a dull ache to a burning pain that is experienced after long periods of standing or first thing in the morning we the patient takes their first few steps. This condition is easily diagnosed by your podiatric physician here at Atlantic Foot and Ankle upon physical exam and in some cases imaging scans such as x-rays may be taken to rule out stress fractures and evaluate the foot for heel spurs.

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The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is poor mechanics of the foot. Usually people associated with this condition usually have either a collapsed or high arch. This condition however has been associated with long periods of weight bearing on hard flat surfaces, wearing footwear that is non-supportive, weight gain or being over weight, shoes that are worn out, and tight calf muscles (Achilles Tendon).



There are many ways to treat the conditions of the Achilles tendon that include:

(Seeing a doctor to make the correct diagnosis for your condition)

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
  • Refraining and resting from the aggravating activity

  • Cold therapy

  • Wearing a heel lift to take the strain off the Achilles tendon

  • Wearing the appropriate shoes for your foot type and athletic activity

  • Using anti-inflammatories recommended or prescribed from your doctor

  • Changing your training methods

  • The use of custom molded orthotics

  • Taping and strapping

  • Going to prescribed physicaltherapy

  • and even steroid injection therapy

If the pain of the achilles tendon persists from the above conditions a scan with an MRI and surgery will be recommended especially if all conservative treatments have failed or there is a rupture.

If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis pain please visit any of our five locations, Savannah, Hinesville, Statesboro, Claxton, or Bluffton and speak with our podiatrists to create a treatment plan perfectly suited to you and your needs.

Our Clinics

Our Podiatrists

  • Dr. Fadji Koffi, podiatrist

    Twice graduated from the université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, she holds a doctorate in podiatric medicine and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

    Doctor Fadji Koffi, podiatrist

  • Dr. Scott Pace, podiatrist

    Dr. Scott Pace, podiatrist, received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology/pre-med at Hamilton College, NY in 1996. With his interest in sports medicine and surgery, podiatry seemed to be the perfect fit. While in residency he did monthly rotations, including but not limited to, podiatric surgery, podiatry private practice, dermatology, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery.

    Doctor Scott Pace, podiatrist

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  • Dr. Yehia Rezk, podiatrist

    Graduated in 2021, he has skills in radiology, biomechanics, dermatology as well as minor surgery and a passion for the management of diabetic feet and various foot ulcers. He speaks French, English and Arabic.

    Doctor Yehia Rezk, podiatrist

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  • Dr. Francis Del Duchetto, podiatrist

    He began his studies at the University of Ottawa where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics with the Summa Cum Laude distinction. His interests in athletic therapy and biomechanics then led him to pursue studies in podiatric medicine.

    Doctor Francis Del Duchetto, podiatrist

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