Your Guide to Plantar Fasciitis and Available Treatments

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when there is some type of trauma to the plantar fascia. This is the band of tissue that goes from one end of your foot to the other. The trauma can be inflammation, bruising, a tear, etc. Many things can cause plantar fasciitis, including wearing the wrong shoes, too much walking on a hard surface, excessive standing, weight gain, and more. You can learn about the symptoms of plantar fasciitis and some available treatments below.

Recognize the symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Since the band of tissue called the plantar fascia goes from the base of your toes to your heel, plantar fasciitis can cause pain anywhere along there. However, the majority of people tend to find the pain to be mainly based near their heels. The pain is often described as a stinging and/or burning pain that's intense. One of the things that can really indicate you are likely dealing with plantar fasciitis is the pain will usually be much more intense first thing in the morning, making it very hard to even step out of the bed. You can try to treat it at home. However, if you can't get it under control after a couple of days, you should seek the help of a podiatrist.

Some treatments for plantar fasciitis

As soon as you start to feel pain, you should start taking steps to relieve the pain and calm down the inflammation. You should fill small plastic bottles a few inches from the top with water and throw them in the freezer. Once frozen, you can roll them along the bottom of your feet. The massaging motion and the coldness will work together to help you feel better. If you can have someone bring them to you first thing in the morning, then this can make it less painful for you to get out of bed. Some forms of plantar fasciitis treatment the podiatrist may want you to try include: 

  • Rest - Relax with your feet propped up as often as possible

  • Ice - Continue with the ice treatments at home

  • Anti-inflammatories - Over-the-counter or prescription medication will likely be suggested

  • Physical therapy - You may be referred to a physical therapist for therapy

  • Orthotics - Arch supports might be prescribed for you to wear in your shoes

  • Splints - To wear while you sleep

  • Boots or crutches - In case you need help walking

  • Injections - In case you need help with pain and healing

  • Ultrasonic repair - An ultrasound can be used to guide a probe tip to the tissue to repair it

  • Surgery - In serious cases, the podiatrist may suggest surgery to repair the damage


Once treatment is successful, you will feel so much better. You should make sure you take steps in the future to avoid future harm to your feet. Make sure you weigh a healthy amount, wear proper shoes, take breaks from standing, and follow any suggestions the podiatrist gives you.