Is there anything I can do on my own to feel better?
Yes, you can:
Is there a test for plantar fasciitis?
- Rest — Give your foot a chance to heal by resting. But don’t completely stop being active. Doing that can lead to more pain and stiffness in the long run.
- Ice your foot — Putting ice on your heel for 20 minutes up to 4 times a day might relieve pain. Icing and massaging your foot before exercise might also help.
- Do special foot exercises — Certain exercises can help with heel pain. Do these exercises every day.
- Take pain medicines — If your pain is severe, you can try taking pain medicines that you can get without a prescription.
- Wear sturdy shoes — Sneakers with a lot of cushion and good arch and heel support are best. Shoes with rigid soles can also help. Adding padded or gel heel inserts to your shoes might help, too.
Wear splints at night — Some people feel better if they wear a splint while they sleep that keeps their foot straight. These splints are sold in drugstores and medical supply stores.
No, there is no test. But your doctor should be able to tell if you have it by learning about your symptoms and doing an exam. He may suggest an X-ray, or other tests to check whether your symptoms might be caused by something else.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The first step is to try the things you can do on your own. But if you do not get better, or your symptoms are severe, your doctor might suggest:
Is there anything I can do to keep from getting heel pain again?
- Taping up your foot in a special way that helps the support the foot
- Special shoe inserts, made to fit your foot
- Shots (that go into your foot) of a medicine called a steroid, which can help bring down swelling
- Putting a cast over your foot and ankle
- Surgery (this is an option only in some cases that do not get better with other treatments)
- Some doctors also suggest a treatment called “shock wave or ultrasound therapy.”
Yes. To reduce the chances that your pain will come back:
Wear shoes that fit well, have a lot of cushion, and support the heel and ankle
Avoid wearing slippers, flip-flops, slip-ons, or poorly fitted shoes
Avoid going barefoot
Do not wear worn-out shoes