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What helps heal plantar fasciitis faster?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Lots of things: Most cases of plantar fasciiitis will get better with time. Things that help include comfortable shoes; heel cups or orthotic devices, activity modification, ice, night splints, and probably most importantly, a plantar fasciitis stretching program. Clearly, if the pain has lasted more than a few weeks, seeing an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrists is recommended.
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Combined treatment: The vast majority of plantar fasciitis can be resolved with non surgical management including heel cord stretching, deep tissue mobilization, over the counter arch supports, anti inflammatories, and night splints. While each of these treatments in of themself may be effective, a combined approach is more likely to heal it "faster".
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 40 years experience
Therapy: Plantar fasciitis can get better or worse with standard treatment. I disagree with the standard therapy. My Rx: After the acute phase (about 1-2 weeks), ice and braces are counterproductive. To heal naturally, you have to increase blood flow to feet (nightly hot soaks of feet), keep feet warm in bed with socks, and daily activation of the skin reflexes to improve blood flow and diminish pain.
Dr. Alexios Apazidis
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 18 years experience
Ultrasound shock wave therapy?
Mar 12, 2016
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Dr. Peter Nefcy commented
Radiology 40 years experience
Provided original answer
Ultrasound treatment and deep tissue massage also may help, but a patient cannot do these treatments at home.
Mar 13, 2016
Last updated May 3, 2019

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