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A 36-year-old member asked:

When treating plantar fasciitis do you have to stay off of your feet completely?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kornfeld
42 years experience
Non weight bearing: No. Actually, it is important to be active but not to excess. This condition often worsens from long periods off the feet.
Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 20 years experience
No: Activity and stretching are recommeneded.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
What treatment...: ...Are you currently exploring? If you are going the antiinflammatory route, with cortisone injections and oral drugs like ibuprofen, then you want to rest as much as possible. If you're doing physical therapy and eswt, those work with your inflammation processes, and you can continue to be active during treatment.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
Usually not: Plantar fasciitis can be painful, but normal ambulatory activities and stretching exercises are usually beneficial. Like my colleague above stated, it depends on your specific circumstance and treatment modality, so talk to your podiatrist/orthopedist for specific guidelines.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Not Completely.: Not necessarily, but a reduction in the time on you feet will certainly help. Trying to last it out usually just makes thing worse and lengthens your recovery time.

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