Will Plantar Fasciitis Ever Go Away On Its Own?

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You’ve tried everything to make plantar fasciitis go away, but with no luck. You’re not alone. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and can be a stubborn problem for those who deal with it. If you’re wondering whether or not this condition will ever go away on its own, we can answer that question for you: yes and no. There are many cases when the inflammation goes down over time so much so that people stop experiencing any symptoms at all; however, in some cases, it does lead to long-term effects such as heel spurs and chronic pain.

How Long Until Plantar Fasciitis Heals Up?

Plantar fasciitis will usually resolve by itself without treatment. People can speed up the recovery and relieve pain with specific foot and calf stretches and exercises. Healing can take between six weeks to three months for most people. But it may take time, even years in some cases, for the inflammation to go away completely which is why many people are still dealing with plantar fasciitis after a year or more of having this condition.

If you’d like to get rid of your heel pain as soon as possible, seeing an orthopedist might be able to help you find relief faster since they’ll have experience diagnosing injuries that cause similar symptoms along with effective ways of treating them.

What Can I Do To Speed Up Healing Time Of Plantar Fasciitis?

While there are no guarantees for how long plantar fasciitis will stick around (or when it will go away on its own), many people can recover within a few weeks if they take measures such as icing the affected area and doing exercises that strengthen feet muscles.

There’s really nothing special or complicated about what needs to be done in order for plantar fasciitis to heal up but these are the most common things that you can try:

  • Don’t let your feet suffer! Make sure that the time spent on hard surfaces isn’t excessive and try avoiding walking or running for long periods of time for your plantar fasciitis to heal faster.
  • You should ice your heel to relieve the discomfort and swelling. Ibuprofen or naproxen over-the-counter pain medications will also help you feel better, so take one when needed!
  • Eat healthy food. Chronic inflammation can be reduced by following a well-balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • It’s a good idea to stretch your toes and calf muscles. You can do this by pulling on both ends of the wrapped towel that you lay under the ball of your foot for stretches when first waking up in the morning or before bedtime every night!

What If It Doesn’t Go Away After Doing All These Things?

While it’s encouraging that 90 percent of plantar fasciitis cases can be cured with at-home conservative treatment, if your case doesn’t respond to natural remedies or worsens further then you might want to seek out medical assistance.

Everyone is unique. If conservative therapies like rest, ice, stretching, and support from orthotic inserts haven’t worked for you after nine months to a year, it’s time to talk to your doctor about more sophisticated treatment options like:

  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Corticosteroid Injections
  • PRP Injections
  • Surgery

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain in the heel and arch of your foot. It’s not known if plantar fasciitis will ever go away without treatment, but there are treatments available to help you get relief from symptoms. If you have been experiencing discomfort around your heels for a while now, it may be time to call us so we can assess what might be going on with your feet!

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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