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How do i treat plantar fasciitis ?

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Dr. Michael Wynn
Podiatry 41 years experience
Plantar faciitis: Stretching and nsaids ( aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, etc ) are the treatments you can do at home.....If that does not resolve the issue... See a specialist..... You may not have plantar fasciitis... X-rays and sometimes a MRI are needed to rule out other heel pain causes.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 11 years experience
Multiple ways: Treatment requires a combination of stretching, icing, physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, change in shoegear and custom made orthotics that are well made. Other more invasive options include shock wave therapy, cortisone injections, and surgery to release the tight plantar fascia.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
few ways: Good supportive shoes or arch supports. If the fascia is "stressed" whether by a degenerative process or inflammation it needs to be supported while ambulating and have the strain taken off of it. Iceing the heel is helful. Stretching of your achilles tendon helps, antiinflammatories can be useful as well. Night splints often help to relieve morning pain or pain on the first few steps.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 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. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Protocol...: I'd say 98% of my plantar fascitis patients respond to non-surgical treatments... Rest, supportive insoles, rx orthotics, otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve), prescription nsaid's, steroid injections, prp injections, physical therapy, etc... If all else fails... Surgery.
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 39 years experience
Conservative Rx: Generally plantar fasciitis responds in several months to conservative treatments which include resting, icing the painful area and stretching. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil) sometimes help. Physical therapy, night splints & orthotics also often help. When conservative measures fail to work steroid injections and surgical procedures may be recommended. Best of luck with your health!
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Start with ice: Achilles' tendon stretches, rolling a frozen water bottle under your arch while sitting, wearing arch supports, if pain persists see a podiatrist.
Dr. Marshall Solomon
Podiatry 49 years experience
Stretching inserts: Stretching mid arch with golf ball start gently and use more pressure avoid ball and heel of foot. Otc Motrin if no his of cardiovascular heart problems liver or stomach problems, get otc arch supports. If still symptomatic see podiatrist.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 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.

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What is plantar fasciitis and how do you treat it?

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Heel pain: Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the bottom surface of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. Some treatments include stretching, anti inflammatories, injection therapy with corticosteroids, orthotics, physical therapy and rarely surgery.
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Stretching exercise: Use plantar arch stretching exercises with golf ball in mid arch 15 minutes daily. Get otc inserts, take otc Motrin if no history of heart or GI problems and no allergy. If still symptomatic see podiatrist.
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What is the best way to treat plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Plantar fascilitis: Depends on the cause and the health of the patient. Most problems are due to repetitive stress on the plantar fascia from exercise in poor fitted shoes if this is the case then see a sports doctor about your problem for diagnosis and treatment.
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What should I do if I have plantar fasciitis?

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Stretching...: Surgery for planter fasciitis should only be used if all conservative methods have failed. Things that should be tried first include physical therapy/stretching protocol, medication, radial shockwave therapy, and in some cases injections of anti-inflammatories. I would seek the attention of an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www.Orthodoc.Aaos.Org/footankle.

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