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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Plantar Fasciitis (Definition)

Pain at the area where the band of tissue referred to as the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot inserts into the heel bone. Too much tension brings on pain. Wearing flat shoes or going barefoot on hard surfaces can be some of the causes that bring this pain. Do not let it linger too long. Can last for months. Pain mostly when standing up ...Read more


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Are there good stretches to prevent plantar fasciitis?

Are there good stretches to prevent plantar fasciitis?

No: The current stretching exercises that are recommended for PF are really for stretching the calf muscles and Achilles tendon and can be useful for those, but will not prevent PF. With few exceptions, stretching the PF is not helpful, and I do not recommend it. A stretched PF will give poor support to your foot arch, and cause further problems for you in the future. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis. Is there any exercise I can do if I wish to lose some weight? Thanks.

I have plantar fasciitis. Is there any exercise I can do if I wish to lose some weight? Thanks.

Walking: Add walking to yoga and some weight lifting for best results. Don't try to walk too fast, keep intensity low. Be sure th try to warm up first with warm pack on foot/ feet. Do not walk thru pain though. Alternative would be swimming laps. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with plantar fasciitis?

Can I exercise with plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis: Get evaluated by a md, short answer is yes, but need appropriate shoes, inserts and timing, avoid impact exercises when the condition is acute, do a lot of stretching before and after and use night splints to stretch at night. ...Read more

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How do you know when you plantar fasciitis is gone for good?

How do you know when you plantar fasciitis is gone for good?

You don't.: If you've dealt with plantar fasciitis, you're going to have to develop good habits for the rest of your life to make sure it doesn't come back. Stretch daily, and use supportive shoes and custom inserts. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis if you want to continue to exercise?

What is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis if you want to continue to exercise?

Get evaluated: See your local Podiatrist for an evaluation. I suggest physical therapy, stretching, icing (10 minutes on/5 off), custom inserts, anti-inflammatory meds. There are also injections which can be done by a Podiatrist which may be effective. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis, what shoes would be a good choice?

What should I do if I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis, what shoes would be a good choice?

See below: Stretching exercises, more supportive shoes, massage, physical therapy as well as supportive shoes and orthotics often are helpful. A running/walking shoe or sneaker is best. ...Read more

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Will sleeping in good shoes or boots help plantar fasciitis?

No: Shoes will not help, however night splints which help keep the plantar fascia stretched out may help keep the tissue loose and prevent first step in the morning pain. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and am looking for a good shoe insert. Any recommendations?

I have plantar fasciitis and am looking for a good shoe insert. Any recommendations?

Superfeet: The type of insert that you should get depends on your foot type; whether you have high or low arches and how much you pronate. However, superfeet has a variety of inserts, and some are custom moldable (heat moldable). Custom orthotics are always best, but can be expensive, so I would try the superfeet first. You could also benefit from shoes with a rigid heel counter. ...Read more

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What sandals are good for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs?

They aren't!: The best shoes for a person with plantar fasciitis are those that have a sturdy back to them, which sandals don't have. You want a supportive shoe that cups your heel and holds it steady. Sandals tend to allow your heel and arch to function in whatever position it wants to, which might be what caused the plantar fasciitis in the first place. ...Read more

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What else can cause heel pain other than plantar fasciitis. Back and bottom heel pain. Feels good in am. Worse as day goes on.?

What else can cause heel pain other than plantar fasciitis. Back and bottom heel pain. Feels good in am. Worse as day goes on.?

Nerves, tendons...: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, but there are others, too. An irritated or entraped nerve can cause pain as the day goes on, as can tendinitis: the three most common being achilles, peroneal, or posterior tibial tendinitis. You may also have a haglund's deformity: a bony bump that can irritate the achilles from the inside. ...Read more

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What should you do if you think you have Plantar fasciitis. I have very severe pain in my foot?

What should you do if you think you have Plantar fasciitis. I have very severe pain in my foot?

Be seen: If you have "very severe pain" in your foot, I would probably be seen first just to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other potential causes of severe foot pain. ...Read more

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What is the best insole for your shoes when you have plantar fasciitis?

Various: There are various insoles that work for a wide variety of patients. Some athletes require a custom molded orthotic that is stiffer and more supportive. Some elderly patients require a softer more cushioned arch support that is prefabricated. Many of the insoles sold in stores are not worth the money and have little support for many people. See your foot doctor for the best insole for you. ...Read more

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Can you have plantar fasciitis achilles tendonitis sesamoiditis all at once or can one of those conditions cause pain everywhere on foot will MRI show?

Can you have plantar fasciitis achilles tendonitis sesamoiditis all at once or can one of those conditions cause pain everywhere on foot will MRI show?

Three's a crowd...: You certainly can have all three conditions at the same time. An experienced clinician would be able to determine the diagnosis without an MRI. An MRI would be helpful in demonstrating the tissue's reaction to the inflammatory condition. Consult with your Healthtap specialist for further understanding. ...Read more

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What can I do to get help with plantar fasciitis?

Proper foot support: Plantar fasciitis is most often the result of not enough support and stability of the feet. Shoes with more support as well as inserts are usually helpful. Stretching exercises may also be beneficial. Consult with your podiatrist. ...Read more

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What are some remedies I can do at home for plantar fasciitis?

My Therapy: Once you have chronic pain, ice and braces and drugs are counterproductive, and stretching may only help the Achilles tendon. Deep massage by a professional is helpful. At home, increase healing by increasing circulation (nightly hot soaks of feet), keeping feet warm at night with heavy socks, and increasing blood flow with pain control using the built in skin reflexes daily until resolved. ...Read more

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I have had plantar fasciitis for more than a month. How do I cure this?

I have had plantar fasciitis for more than a month. How do I cure this?

NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! There are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www.Spenco. Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Will plantar fasciitis be incredibly painful the first day I have it? Will the pain go down?

Fascitis : Plantar fascitis typically you have severe pain to heel area getting out of bed and after sitting a while. Try rest, ice, stretching the foot toward your body, anti inflatory medication and cortisone injection. Orthotics will help it as well. Shock wave therapy could help but not covered by insurance same for prp injections. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if the pain from my plantar fasciitis stays at the same intensity all day?

Pain=Help!: If you are having pain, your body needs help. If you are having plantar fascitis pain, the diagnosis tells you that the tissue under foot is inflamed and needs to be turned off. Inflammation is the key. Once you turn off this process via anti-inflammatory meds(oral or injection) you can treat the cause of the problem, which can be a tight achilles tendon/plantar fascia. No stretch til pain=0. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with plantar fasciitis 5 months ago. No improvement. Wondering if it might be something else.

IT COULD BE.: A nerve entrapment or arthritic conditions can cause heel pain. If not getting better, I like an ultrasound exam or MRI to measure the thickness of the fascia, which thickens w/ fasciitis. The normal thickness is approximately 2 mm. If all non-surgical treatment fails, I like the Topaz procedure; ask your doctor. Good luck.

Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Does DMSO help plantar fasciitis?

Evidence says: No. According to doctors who study effective medicine and treatments, there is no good published study in peer reviewed journals that shows DMSO effectively treats plantar fasciitis. Although there are "experiences" with patients who have good results, these may be placebo-effects and not "evidence" based medicine. ...Read more

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How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis: There is no true prevention, but you can minimize your risks by doing plantar fascial wall stretches 2-3 times daily. Go to YouTube and type "drblakeshealingsole plantar fascial stretches" Good Luck. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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How can you prevent plantar fasciitis?

Stretching exercises: Stretching exercises, not walking barefoot, good lace supportive shoe gear and arch supports (orthotics) if necessary. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery for plantar fasciitis?

Yes: When all other measures have been exhausted, surgery for plantar fasciitis may be indicated. Surgery involves release of the plantar fascia itself. This can be done by an open procedure with one of several incision approaches or endoscopically. The procedure chosen by a surgeon is based on preference and patient selection criteria. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more