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A 47-year-old member asked:

so duration of plantar fasciitis is really unpredictable?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Specializes in Family Medicine
No set time.: You might need an injection to hasten recovery. Foot mechanics are very important and a walking evaluation may need to be done. An arch support is very important along with good shoes. The latter may vary in recommendation depending on foot mechanics.
Dr. Brynn Ewen
Podiatry 19 years experience
Yes: You are correct, the duration is unpredictable. However, the sooner it is treated, the easier and faster it resolves. Once it becomes chronic (usually defined by over 6 months), treatment time can take longer and more invasive treatments may be necessary.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Depends on you.: Depending on how long it has been going on before you begin treatment, whether there is nerve compression involved, and how aggressive you are with therapy, yes, the duration is unpredictable. The more aggressive you get with supportive shoes, inserts, cortisone injections, stretching, and possible physical therapy, the faster you will recover.
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 45 years experience
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is a stress on the ligament under the arch that attaches at the heel. The treatment should consist of arch support (transfer on weight into the arch from the heel), anti-inflammatory, reduced stress to structure, and stretching of the plantar fascia. I think it takes longer for some patients to heal because these factors are inadequately or over addressed for many reasons.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a plantar fasciitis to heal if treated correctly?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
1-6 weeks: Properly treated plantar fasciitis can heal in as little as one week, or can take six or more weeks. Much depends on the severity of the strain that occurred to the plantar fascia.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What exercises should I do while recovering from plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Stretching Exercises: The mainstay of treatment for plantar fasciitis is stretching. You should do this daily. You may need to sleep in a splint designed for this. You may need to use flexible band, do toe risers, roll foot on frozen can of liquid, and perhaps see a physical therapist. Stretch, stretch, stretch!
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many treatments: Treatments for plantar fasciitis include (from conservative to more aggressive): stretching (in the am before any weight bearing), massage or physical therapy, arch supporting insoles, anti-inflammatory medications, night splints, cortisone injection, and surgery. See your family doctor, orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist for your specific treatment.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do to get help with plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Visit your local: Podiatrist. Various forms of conservative care, starting with orthotics, icing and stretching exercises are the beginning of what is usually a successful process.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exercises will speed recovering from plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Many: Toe raises and heel raises will help to stretch the plantar fascia, wall stretches will help. May want consult a physical therapist.

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