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I have plantar fasciitis will I need crutches?

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In brief: No

Crutches won't be needed if you get treatment with injections, ice, rest custom orthotics eswt etc.
There are many treatment options that can help.

In brief: No

Crutches won't be needed if you get treatment with injections, ice, rest custom orthotics eswt etc.
There are many treatment options that can help.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not likely.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be controlled with conservative combination 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: 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.

In brief: Not likely.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be controlled with conservative combination 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: 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. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

Most of the time the symptoms can be calmed with ice, stretching and nsaids.
Sometimes therapy and shoes inserts can be helpful. Most patients with this problem dont use crutches.

In brief: Usually not

Most of the time the symptoms can be calmed with ice, stretching and nsaids.
Sometimes therapy and shoes inserts can be helpful. Most patients with this problem dont use crutches.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

Unless the plantar fasciitis is so severe that you can't bear weight, or if you fail conservative treatment and need surgery, crutches are generally not necessary as part of the treatment program. Even if it is severe, often times a walking boot can be used which will allow you to bear weight.
Obviously, it is best to be evaluated and treated by an ortho foot and ankle surgeon or podiatrist.

In brief: Usually not

Unless the plantar fasciitis is so severe that you can't bear weight, or if you fail conservative treatment and need surgery, crutches are generally not necessary as part of the treatment program. Even if it is severe, often times a walking boot can be used which will allow you to bear weight.
Obviously, it is best to be evaluated and treated by an ortho foot and ankle surgeon or podiatrist.
Dr. Mark Bromson
Dr. Mark Bromson
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