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What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered 7/20/2012

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Plantar fasciitis: There are a range of treatment options and all should incorporate a good stretching regimen. Treatment recommended may also include physical therapy, orthotics, injections and rarely surgery. For more information, visit: http://www.Foothealthfacts.Org/footankleinfo/heel-pain.Htm.

Answered 2/16/2013

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered

Specializes in Podiatry

There are many: Some include, orthotics or arch supports, radial wave or shock wave treatments. Achilles tendon stretches, rolling your foot over a frozen water bottle, antiinflammatories, sometimes injections may help. If you try some of these and still have pain see a podiatrist or orthopod.

Answered 11/6/2012

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Dr. Libby Putnam answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Combo treatment. : The more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor for dosing). #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. Very few people go on to surgery, but it is a possible treatment.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Dr. Gerard Kerbleski answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Plantar fascitis: Most common cause of heel pain is from plantar fasciitis, a pull/sprain of the plantar fascia from where it attaches to the heel bone on the btm of the foot. Txs include rigid arch support to decrease the pull of the fascia, combined with antiinflammatory medication (oral and/or injectable) to reduce the inflammation. A partial release may be done surgically in chronic cases that dont respond.

Answered 6/8/2015

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Dr. Scott Keith answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Hot or cold.: From the moment your fascia became injured, your body began to go into a healing mode. All the time that you are continuing to do your normal activity, you are increasing the demand on the tissue to heal. Eventually the healing can't keep up and now you have pain. You must close the gap between damage and healing. Stretching the tissue and applying ice is one way to go. Heat, elevation the other

Answered 1/7/2017

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