There are many possible plantar fasciitis treatment options you just need to find one that works for you. The treatment method you choose will largely depend on your lifestyle and the time and resources available to you. Of course the key to successful treatment is to begin as soon as you start to feel the pain. This post covers the first layer of treatments, most of which you can do on your own before resorting to a doctor visit.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis should always begin with rest. As soon as you notice the onset of pain, you should get off your feet and if possible place an ice pack on the bottom of your foot. It is also a good idea to take an over the counter medication to relieve the pain as it will only get worse.
Pain management is especially important if your job or daily tasks won’t allow for complete rest. The more time you spend on your feet while in pain increases the likely hood of long term problems caused by favoring the sore foot. You might not notice it at the time but a painful foot will cause you to modify your normal stride and this can lead to changes in the mechanics of your knees, hips, and back. Ultimately leading to pain in these areas long after the plantar fascia has healed.
If ice and rest are not enough, you need to consider one of the many devices available for treating foot arch pain. You can start with custom orthotics that you insert into your shoes. After the fascia has healed you can continue to use the orthotics to help prevent future occurrences. Along these same lines you can also try to find the best shoes for plantar fasciitis. Moving past shoes and orthotics, the next step is to look into night splints. This device is worn at night while you sleep to keep the plantar fascia stretched. They take a little getting used to, but you will feel much better in the morning when the pain can make it hard to get out of bed. Stretching through the night will give you a small head start for the day.
If symptoms persist, your podiatrist will likely send you to a physical therapist for slightly more aggressive plantar fasciitis treatment. The physical therapist will work with you on stretching and various other plantar fasciitis exercises that will focus on your specific issues. You will be given a regime of exercises to do on your own between sessions, and it is crucial for you to follow through with them in order to help your foot heal. The last thing you want to face is plantar fasciitis surgery.