No single treatment works best
for everyone with plantar fasciitis. But there are many things you can try to
help your foot get better:
Give your feet a rest. Cut back on activities
that make your foot hurt. Try not to walk or run on hard surfaces.
To reduce pain and swelling, try putting ice on your heel. Or take
an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (such as Aleve).
toe stretches, calf stretches and
towel stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the
morning. (For towel stretches, you pull on both ends of a rolled towel that you place under the ball of your foot.)
Get a new pair of shoes. Pick shoes with good arch
support and a cushioned sole. Or try heel cups or shoe inserts (orthotics). Use them in both shoes, even if only one
If these treatments do not help, your doctor may recommend
splints that you wear at night, shots of
medicine (such as a steroid) in your heel, or other treatments.
You probably will not need surgery. Doctors only suggest it for people who
still have pain after trying other treatments for 6 to 12 months.
Plantar fasciitis most often occurs because of injuries that have
happened over time. With treatment, you will have less pain within a few weeks.
But it may take time for the pain to go away completely. It may take a few months to a
Stay with your treatment. If you don't, you may have
constant pain when you stand or walk. The sooner you start treatment, the
sooner your feet will stop hurting.