What is the best way to treat plantar fascitis?

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What is the best way to treat plantar fascitis?

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Jane Andersen, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She provides surgical and nonsurgical foot and ankle care to all types of patients, including the geriatric population in her area. With the American Podiatric Medical Association, she has worked to educate the public on foot and ankle health.

There are many ways to treat plantar fasciitis (a common pain on the bottom of the heel or the arch). Initial treatment should include the following: "¢ Avoid walking barefoot "¢ Stretching exercises (for the foot and calf) "¢ Good supportive shoes "¢ Over the counter arch supports, with a firm arch "¢ Massage with a frozen bottle of water. If your heel or arch is still painful, you should see your podiatrist for an exam and to confirm the diagnosis. He or she may: "¢ Make custom arch supports called orthotics "¢ Prescribe medication "¢ Prescribe physical therapy "¢ Give a cortisone injection "¢ Immobilize (cast) your foot "¢ Perform surgery or other specialized treatments.

Plantar fasciitis responds to conservative (non-surgical) care the vast majority of the time. If your foot hurts see your podiatrist soon. Often times delaying treatment leads to worsening of symptoms.