Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

My Chicago Foot Expert

Stavros Alexopoulos, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Chicago, IL

Living with chronic heel pain is often a sign of plantar fasciitis. As debilitating as plantar fasciitis can be, you can get relief shortly after your first visit with expert podiatrist Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, of My Chicago Foot Expert. Dr. Alexopoulos is known for helping plantar fasciitis sufferers throughout Chicago get back to their regular routines through his innovative treatments. Before living another day with plantar fasciitis pain, schedule an evaluation. Book either online or over the phone.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Why do I have plantar fasciitis?

The long band of soft tissue that supports the arches in your feet is known as the plantar fascia. Even though your plantar fascia is designed to act as a shock absorber, bearing the weight of your entire body, in some cases, it can weaken.

Usually, you start developing micro tears in your plantar fascia. Over time, these minor injuries continue to worsen and lead to chronic pain, becoming a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Some of the likely factors that contribute to plantar fasciitis include:

  • Flat-footedness or high arches
  • Previous trauma or sports injury
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • A family history of plantar fasciitis

Having a job that requires you to walk or stand for long periods can also increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis. Because plantar fasciitis can quickly worsen and start keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, recognizing the symptoms and starting treatment right away is important.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis tends to cause severe pain in one or both of your heels. In most cases, foot pain is at its peak when you take your first steps after waking up. Additional symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Foot discomfort after exercise
  • Stabbing or throbbing foot pain
  • Foot pain that sometimes improves with walking

While most discomfort occurs near your heels, you can certainly experience soreness or stiffness throughout the arch of your feet, too.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

As an innovative leader in modern plantar fasciitis solutions, Dr. Alexopoulos strives to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments. Your plantar fasciitis care plan can include:

  • Prescription orthotics
  • Customized exercises and stretches
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy

Many plantar fasciitis sufferers find lasting relief with PRP therapy. PRP involves extracting a small amount of your blood and processing it in a centrifuge to separate powerful growth factor healing cells.

After injecting the solution of growth factors — which is your own PRP — directly into your plantar fascia, your body starts regenerating new tissue to repair the damage. Over the following weeks, your plantar fasciitis gradually starts to improve, since it’s getting a chance to fully heal.

Dr. Alexopoulos also offers regenerative medicine treatments involving specialized stem cells from placenta. These highly sought after injections regenerate fresh plantar fascia tissue and are known to be effective if you haven’t found relief from other treatments.

To learn more about plantar fasciitis solutions, schedule an evaluation at My Chicago Foot Expert. Book your visit with the online booking feature or call the office.