What Are Some Common Ways To Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

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Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain, swelling, and inflammation within the plantar fascia. The symptoms are typically worse in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. If left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis can lead to other complications such as heel spurs which will cause additional pain. There are many treatments for this condition but it is best to consult with your doctor first before deciding on what treatment would be best for you. Here are some ways to treat Plantar Fasciitis:

Conventional Home Remedies

The RICE Method

The most common first aid for feet injuries. This method is done on the onset of pain where you:

  • REST the painful area.
  • To reduce inflammation, ICE the painful region for 15 minutes at a time.
  • COMPRESS by applying a soothing wrap to the affected area to minimize swelling.
  • ELEVATE by putting your foot on a few pillows to raise the area.


Plantar fasciitis is caused by overusing the foot and may affect people who are overweight or obese. It can also be painful in other muscles, resulting in discomfort that extends beyond just your heel – this has been attributed to a buildup of tension throughout one’s body because they were not stretching enough before putting strain on their feet while walking around all day! 

A few easy stretches will provide immediate relief from pain as well as reduce symptoms gradually with time so it doesn’t become an issue again soon after treatment ends. These exercises should feel comfortable and without pain.


Flexing the foot promotes blood flow and reduces stress in calves, both of which can assist with discomfort. This workout requires an elastic stretch band– you might find one at your local sporting goods store!

Towel Curls

You can stretch your foot and calf muscles by curling a hand towel or facecloth with the toes. Before you do anything else in the morning, try these stretches!

Over-the-counter Pain Relievers

Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) assist to decrease both pain, swelling, and inflammation. People may want to follow the directions on their packaging or seek medical advice before using this medicine.

Advanced Treatments

While most plantar fasciitis cases can be healed with conservative at-home treatment if it doesn’t respond to natural remedies or worsens then this might indicate a more serious issue.

You’ve tried the old remedies and they just don’t seem to be working. You should really talk with your doctor about more sophisticated treatment options such as:

Platelet-Rich-Plasma Injections

The latest treatment for Plantar Fasciitis is a procedure that involves your own platelet cells being centrifuged and then injected into the injured plantar fascia. While this therapy has grown popular among some sportsmen, its efficacy hasn’t been established yet–and it’s rather costly too!

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy essentially works by vibrating and stimulating tissues. It’s simple, painless, less expensive than many other advanced therapies but it has been found to be ineffective in treating plantar fasciitis for some people.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, which is a common treatment for cancer and plantar fasciitis sufferers alike has been shown to be beneficial in relieving symptoms of this painful condition. radiation can also alleviate pain without side effects or dangers like other treatments that require invasive procedures such as surgery on your feet! The process requires little time from you; it’s almost equivalent to having an x-ray taken so there isn’t really anything scary about going through with it.

If you’re looking for a professional plantar fasciitis treatment, we can help. We offer a variety of treatments to address the pain and inflammation caused by this common injury. Some may be more appropriate than others depending on your particular case, so call us today!

Remember, The 3 Arches of Your Feet Still Need Support!

Maybe you have already felt the first symptoms of balance disorders or you want to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Consider getting a foot orthotic device or simply take care of your feet. Start by washing them thoroughly with a gentle soap whenever you take a shower. Being a very complex support system, your feet are your first line of defense against balance-related issues, since their arches provide you with the stability you need in your daily life. It’s time to put your foot down and push back against balance issues. With both feet on the ground, dedicate yourself to keeping them comfortable and healthy. Give us a call and we will scan your feet to make you custom orthotic inserts.

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right orthotic insoles can greatly reduce foot, knee, and hip pain while increasing performance and comfort. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make custom orthotics for your hiking boots, everyday shoes, and everything else in between. These orthotics, along with our expert advice, will get you using orthotics like a pro, and have you performing at the peak of your abilities in no time!  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, schedule your free consultation here!


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