The basis of initial treatment is a combination of Stretching, Shoegear, Orthotics and Anti-inflammatory Medication
- Stretch daily (4x a day) as described by your doctor. The most important activity is the calf stretch.
- Evaluate your current shoes, make sure they are not worn out and still provide comfort. The best type of shoe to treat plantar fasciitis is a comfortable athletic shoe. They should feel good when you buy them, no athletic shoe should have to be broken in.
- Orthotics (inserts) help support the arch and take the tension off of the plantar fascia. Usually over the counter orthotics are insufficient in providing enough support and a custom pair are often superior.
- Anti-inflammtory medication such as Advil, Motrin, or Alleve often help improve pain associated with this condition. Please consult your doctor regarding the proper use of these medications. Often a steroid injection into the area can be substituted for oral anti-inflammatory medication if it has not been effective in reducing symptoms.
These four factors are reported to produce relief in 90% of patients.