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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

At Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, providers Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky are here for all your foot care needs. Plantar fasciitis or heel pain is a common reason people seek out a podiatrist. Heel pain can be debilitating but we can help you with plantar fasciitis in Livonia, Commerce Township, and Royal Oak, MI.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is the thick band of muscle, or ligament, that stretches along the base of the foot. When it becomes inflamed, it causes heel pain for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury and is seen in a lot of people who spend all day on their feet.

If you are obese you're more likely to have heel pain, and if you have flat feet there's more pressure on your heel and you're more likely to have heel pain. If you notice the pain is worse when you first get up and start moving around it's most likely plantar fasciitis. Don't keep limping around and dealing with the pain! You could be overcompensating as you walk and injuring yourself further, so don't hesitate to contact us for help.

Treating plantar fasciitis

If you've never seen a podiatrist they may want to look at your shoes, so bring the ones you wear most often. When you have heel pain, your podiatrist will likely recommend wearing foot orthotics or shoe inserts made for plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics help align the bones in your foot as you walk and will give your heel extra padding.

Depending on your case, other recommendations could include wrapping or splinting the foot as well as physical therapy to stretch and strengthen your foot. Talk to your doctor about which over-the-counter anti-inflammatory they recommend for your pain.

When you are suffering from plantar fasciitis in Livonia, Commerce Township, or Royal Oak, MI, Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care is here for you. To make an appointment with Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, or Dr. Stacey Stefansky, contact us in Livonia at (734) 261-3400, in Royal Oak at (248) 549-3338, in Saginaw at (989) 475-5234.

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Livonia Podiatry Office


7:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Royal Oak Podiatry Office

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday:



9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Saginaw Bay Podiatry Office


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm


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