Treating Plantar Faciitis

Overview

Conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis is almost always successful. Research suggests that more than 95 percent of cases of plantar fasciitis can be managed without surgery. Treatment can take several months to two years before symptoms resolve.

Potential treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
  • Heel-stretching exercises
  • Activity modification to allow adequate rest of the plantar fascia
  • Shoe inserts or splints to keep the plantar fascia stretched at night
  • Over-the-counter medication to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Steroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Extra-corporeal shockwave (sound waves) therapy to stimulate healing