What to think about
If you are trying to lose weight and you develop plantar fasciitis when you begin exercising, especially jogging, talk with your doctor about other types of activity that will support your weight-loss efforts without making your heel pain worse. An activity like swimming that doesn't put stress on your feet may be a good choice.
If your plantar fasciitis is related to sports or your job, you may have trouble stopping or reducing your activity to allow your feet to heal. But resting your feet is very important to avoid long-lasting heel pain. Your doctor or a sports medicine specialist may be able to suggest a plan for alternating your regular activities with ones that do not make your pain worse.
If you exercise frequently, ask your doctor whether physical therapy or referral to a sports medicine specialist, podiatrist, or orthopedist is appropriate.
Some questions you may want to ask about exercise include:
- Should I cut back on my exercise? How many days per week, how long, and what exercise should I do instead?
- Should I ice my foot after I exercise? If so, for how long each time, and how long should I continue the icing?
- Should I use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) either before or after I exercise?
- Are there exercises I can do to make my foot and ankle more flexible? What are they, and how often and how long should I do them?