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Doctor insights on: Physical Therapy Exercises For Plantar Fasciitis

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How effective is physical therapy in treating chronic plantar fasciitis?

How effective is physical therapy in treating chronic plantar fasciitis?

Depends: PT is one of my primary treatment options for PF. I find about 80% of patients see a benefit. Night splinting, good footwear, rest from offending activities and possible orthotics and non-corticosteroid injections such as PRP & amniotic membrane injections are often part of my treatment plan as well. If I can help, join my care team & virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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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What is usually done for plantar fasciitis? I have it and it is very painful. Can't put the heel on the floor. What kind of physical therapy is done?

What is usually done for plantar fasciitis? I have it and it is very painful. Can't put the heel on the floor. What kind of physical therapy is done?

Inflammation: Soft tissue inflammation is usually treated initially with conservative management. Start wearing supportive shoes at all times during the healing period. RICE therapy and oral anti-inflammatory agents. Massage the sore area, followed with ace bandage compression and elevate limb above hip with knee bent and ice area after activity and before bed. Remove ace before sleep. (RICE)
Orthotic control. ...Read more

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I've had plantar fasciitis for 14 months. I've done physical therapy, cortisone shot, night splint, and lots of stretching. What else can I do?

I've had plantar fasciitis for 14 months. I've done physical therapy, cortisone shot, night splint, and lots of stretching. What else can I do?

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 don't respond. ...Read more

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Can physiotherapy for plantar fasciitis work?

Can physiotherapy for plantar fasciitis work?

Possibly: However, plantar fasciitis is caused by lack of proper mechanical support of feet. So while symptoms can improve, if cause is not addressed, problem will tend to recur. ...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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Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Possible: Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective at relieving pain from plantar fasciitis in about 2/3 of patients. It works by stimulating the inflammatory cascade thus causing he body to heal itself. I also believe that stretching, good shoes, and custom orthotics are important in preventing the plantar fasciitis from returning. ...Read more

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Is cold laser therapy effective in treating plantar fasciitis?

Is cold laser therapy effective in treating plantar fasciitis?

Not really!: A corticosteroid injection with shoe inserts are your least expensive and best bets! ...Read more

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If cost/insurance were not an issue, would you recommend combo prp/topaz coblation for chronic plantar fasciitis that hasn't responded to treatment?

Platelet Rich Plasma: PRP or platelet rich plasma injection is very effective for a number of indications. These include facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, sexual rejuvenation, healing musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis, and more.

PRP or platelet rich plasma is excellent for plantar fasciitis. I recommend it. ...Read more

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What to if I am having plantar fasciitis for last 1 year and want proper treatment?

What to if I am having plantar fasciitis for last 1 year and want proper treatment?

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. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic tests for plantar fasciitis? What is the treatment?

There are no: "tests" the diagnosis is usually made "clinically" (Symptoms/location etc) If there is a question MRI imaging may be useful. The treatment is anti-inflammatory medication (s) and ORTHOTICS (special shoes designed to take the weight away from the inflammed area (s) A PODIATRIST may be helpful!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis?

What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis?

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. ...Read more

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Are platelet rich plasma injections a successful treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Are platelet rich plasma injections a successful treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Yes: A recent multicenter study showed that platelet rich plasma injections, particularly if guided by ultrasound for better precision, is beneficial for different tendinopathies.
http://www. Aaos. Org/news/acadnews/2012/aaos15_2_8.asp. ...Read more

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How long does it take to have newly made orthotics adjusted to your feet for treatment of plantar fasciitis?

How long does it take to have newly made orthotics adjusted to your feet for treatment of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis: With orthotics it is necseeary to build up to full use - usually over 5-7 days. Then it may take 4-6 weeks to realize pain relief. Be patient, but don't let the time slip by either. If either seems to be taking too long see you podiatrist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for plantar fasciitis?

YES!!!: It is very common, treated by podiatrists every day.
Injection and custom orthotics usually works fastest.
Other options include physical therapy, night splint, oral anti-inflammatory like NSAID or steroid, cast or boot immobilization, stretching, icing, ultrasound, and even surgical repair. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Anything that works: For you. PF is a difficult disease to treat and tends to be recurrent. Some patients respond with minimal treatment and most spontaneously improve or worsen no matter what we do. It is my opinion that most current therapies are not helpful, and stretching and icing makes no sense at all. Healing needs good circulation and some pain relief with rest, and focal massage therapy helps. ...Read more

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What was the treatment of plantar fasciitis in the 1800s?

What was the treatment of plantar fasciitis in the 1800s?

No way to know: This diagnosis was not documented at that time. One possibility is that before the advent of cushioned shoes, people had stronger intrinsic foot muscles, making this condition less prevalent. It is also possible that there were other more debilitating problems that took precedent. ...Read more

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I'm having shock wave treatment for plantar fasciitis had two lots still in pain when will I feel a differance?

I'm having shock wave treatment for plantar fasciitis had two lots still in pain when will I feel a differance?

Plantar fasciitis: I do not feel shock wave therapy is effective
in treating plantar fasciitis.

Please get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I want to know what is the best treatment for this. Also does this condition ever go away?

I was recently diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I want to know what is the best treatment for this. Also does this condition ever go away?

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. ...Read more

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Soreness in heel of foot. Assuming plantar fasciitis. If so what is the most effective means of treatment. I'm quite active running.?

Soreness in heel of foot. Assuming plantar fasciitis. If so what is the most effective means of treatment. I'm quite active running.?

Plantar fascitis: Stretching of the plantar fascia, during the day and at night. Go online and look up the diagrams that show the proper way of stretching. A short course of NSAIDs., decreasing by 20% the amount of time you are running can also help ...Read more

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What are some exercises for plantar fasciitis?

What are some exercises for plantar fasciitis?

Stretching such as: Standing on your toes on a step and then dropping heels below level of toes is great as mentioned in another answer. Something else I have found has helped is take a golf ball or a water bottle (empty a little water out first) and freeze them. Sit in a chair and place either one under your foot and massage foot back and forth on the frozen object. Many people get great relief with this. ...Read more

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What exercises should I do while recovering from plantar fasciitis?

What exercises should I do while recovering from plantar fasciitis?

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). #4: icing (10 min at a time). #5: stretching your foot and calf (keep your knee straight and your heels on the ground, don't bounce, and hold the stretch for 60 seconds). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with plantar fasciitis?

Can I exercise with plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis: Get evaluated by an 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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What doctor recommend exercises should I do to stretch my plantar fascia in order to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis?

What doctor recommend exercises should I do to stretch my plantar fascia in order to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis?

Not just exercises!: 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, cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. ...Read more

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