Get Back in the Game after Plantar Fasciitis
- Rest your foot. Avoid activities that cause pain. Bicycling and swimming are good alternatives for exercise during this time.
- Perform calf stretches and plantar fascia stretches.
- Switch to a good pair of shoes that fit the heel snugly and offer arch support.
- Try using over-the-counter arch supports or soft heel pads.
- Night splints to help keep your feet pointed up and the plantar fascia stretched while you sleep.
- Put ice on the heel for 20 minutes, three times a day. Other options include special Blue Ice gel packs available at most pharmacies and many running supply stores.
- Use a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce pain and swelling. Follow the directions on the label or those given by your doctor.
Other Treatment Options
- Physical therapy—to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion
- Custom made orthotics
- Steroid injections or botox injections in the heel
- Shock wave stimulation
- Cast to keep the foot immobilized
- Surgery as a last resort
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014
- Update Date: 00/13/2014