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A 43-year-old member asked:

besides ice and stretching, what can u do for plantar fasciitis?

8 doctor answers30 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
A lot of things: Using anti-inflammotry medications could helpful, using insert in the shoes could help and injection of steroids could help and last the surgery to release it could be very helpful.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Try the heel cup- Tusa is very good. Also, sleeping in the stretch sock helps.
May 14, 2012
Dr. Carlos Rojas
Podiatry 11 years experience
A night splint and custom made orthotics are also part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Feb 9, 2013
Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith commented
Podiatry 44 years experience
Often , moist heat helps.
May 25, 2015
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Many things: Orthotics to take pressure off the plantar fascii. Cortisone injections' physical therapy extra corporeal activation therapy (epat).
Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 19 years experience
Orhtotics: The most common cause of heel pain or plantar fasciitis is abnormal mechanics causing stress along the plantar fascia. The best way to control abnormal mechanics is by using a over the counter or custom orthotic. A semi-rigid device proves to be the most beneficial. Go to www.Eastpennfoot.Com and request a copy of our heel pain report or book heel pain 101.
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 38 years experience
Rest: Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury in addition to stretching(i recommend non weight bearing stretching) and icing: antiinflammatories, night splints, no barefoot, good shoes and supports at all times when ambulating and no weight bearing fitness activity. The less you are on your feet, the better. Visit apma.Org. Dr l.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area.
Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 17 years experience
Massage: Massage is another way to reduce pain and strain and help relieve inflammation
Dr. Jodee Brown
Podiatry 8 years experience
A lot: There are quite a few treatments available for foot pain resulting from plantar fasciitis; namely corticosteroid injections, padding/strapping, custom orthotics, physical therapy, massage, ultrasound therapy etc. Several treatments can be used in combination depending on your specific issues.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
acupuncture and Gua Sha too.
Oct 30, 2017
Dr. Richard Greenwald
Podiatry 42 years experience
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports arch of foot becomes irritated and inflamed. PF is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place feet aggravated by tight muscles in your feet and calves. Imaging tests help make sure your heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis & not other problem . Supporti shoes & orthotics. NSAIDs, cortisone injection. See doc

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