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Doctor insights on: Rehabilitating Plantar Fasciitis

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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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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 causes plantar fasciitis?

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Inadequate support: Of foot due to either inadequate shoewear or poor biomechanics is the main reason. See podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Heel pain/plantar fasciitis/collapsed arch, what to do?

Heel pain/plantar fasciitis/collapsed arch, what to do?

Orthotic: I would advise a good custom molded functional foot orthotic. We have them made all the time and patient's with your symptoms do very well. ...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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Would marijuana help plantar fasciitis?

Would marijuana help plantar fasciitis?

Maybe, but...: We do not know. It certainly has the ability to make you feel better and may relieve some pain. Since current therapy for PF is not reliable or consistent with results, anything that helps you should be considered. Depending on the person, it may be better for you than standard medical drugs you get from the pharmacy or your Doctor, with less side effects. ...Read more

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Will hallux rigidus cause planter fasciitis?

Will hallux rigidus  cause planter fasciitis?

In theory yes: Limited range of motion of the hallux can cause bio mechanical strain to other parts of the foot including the plantar fascia ...Read more

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Best sneakers for Achilles tendonitis and pronation?

Best sneakers for Achilles tendonitis and pronation?

No: There are no pathologic specific shoes. Purchase a cushioned neutral shoe and focus on strengthening your entire lower extremity. ...Read more

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Will sleeping in tennis shoes help plantar fasciitis?

Facial band: Sleeping in tennis shoes is very doubtful at resolving plantar fasciitis..... But, it would not hurt you to try...Go ahead....And, then if the issue is not resolved , go see a specialist. ...Read more

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How effective is ultrasound rehab on heel pain (plantar fasciitis) ?

How effective is ultrasound rehab on heel pain (plantar fasciitis) ?

Mildl to moderately : Might be a good adjunct therapy. Supportive shoe gear and orthotics will provide best long term success. Ice, massage and strtching will also be helpful. ...Read more

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Could new arch supports worsen plantar fasciitis pain?

Could new arch supports worsen plantar fasciitis pain?

Sure: Your foot may take time to adapt to it. If the device is not made well this would also be problematic. ...Read more

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Can a foot arch fracture aggrivate plantar facsi?

Can a foot arch fracture aggrivate plantar facsi?

Absolutely: The plantar fascia ligament plays an important part of the foot arch structure as do the bones. If you fracture a bone considered part of the arch then it could place more stress on the plantar fascia ligament for support. See a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment if you have this issue. ...Read more

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How is plantar fasciitis treated?

See below: Ice, heat, taping, anti-inflammatory medication, injections, stretching and physical therapy are all considerations. Ultimately better foot support is needed in form of better footwear and perhaps orthotics. Surgery is a last resort after failed consertive treatment and is rarely necessary. ...Read more

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Can a knee replacement cause plantar fascitis?

Rarely: It is possible you could get plantar fasciitis if you are placing more stress on the foot. For instance, if you had knee surgery on the right and you increased the amount of standing on the left foot, you could inflame the plantar fascia. Also, if you are not walking normally in general due to the knee replacement you could overstress the plantar fascia. If you suspect this, talk to podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is plantar fascitis the same thing as heel spurs?

Is plantar fascitis the same thing as heel spurs?

Technically : No a spur is a bony prominence, plantar fascia is a broad banded ligament, but the symptoms are essentially the same. ...Read more

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I met someone with plantar fasciitis who said certain shoes heal plantar fasciitis faster. Which kind of shoe?

Rocker shoes: The newer shape up shoes with a rocker bottom sole will help keep pressure off the area and help to expedite healing. There are also shoes with springs in the heels that seem to help. ...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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What helps heal plantar fasciitis faster?

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". ...Read more

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