Plantar fasciitis, also called heel spur syndrome is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick, broad ligament on the bottom of the foot that attaches to the bottom of the heel bone. As you step down, the plantar fascia stretches to help support the foot. Sometimes, this repeated stretching will lead to small micro-tears in the fascia which will create inflammation that leads to pain. Most patients complain of pain in the heel when they first step out of bed or when getting up after sitting for a while. The pain will often diminish but will continue to return throughout the day. Elyria Podiatrist - Foot Doctor Dr. Roger Friedman was the first physician in Northeast Ohio to use the advanced Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment for chronic heel pain. This non-invasive treatment uses a device similar to the one used to break-up kidney stones and has been proven very effective in the treatment of chronic heel pain. Other treatments for plantar fasciitis offered by Dr. Friedman include orthotics (custom arch supports), night splints, tapings, medications, cortisone injections, topical anti-inflammatories, home stretching exercises and rehab programs. Our doctors have years of experience treating patients with plantar fasciitis. Please call our office today at 440-934-8444 or fill-out our Contact Form to discuss which treatment is best for you.