When To Call a Doctor
If you think you might have
plantar fasciitis, call your doctor. The earlier a
doctor diagnoses and treats your problem, the sooner you will have relief from
Call your doctor immediately if you
have heel pain with fever, with redness or warmth in your heel, or with
numbness or tingling in your heel.
Call your doctor if you
- Pain that continues when you are not standing
or bearing any weight on your heel.
- A heel injury that results in
pain when you put weight on your heel.
- Heel pain that does not getter better after a week, even though you have tried rest, ice, over-the-counter pain
medicine (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen), and other home
Call your doctor if you have been diagnosed with plantar
fasciitis and the home treatment you agreed on is not helping to control your
If you have heel pain:
- First, try resting and icing your heel. If
possible, stop or reduce activities that cause the pain, such as running,
standing for long periods of time, or walking on hard surfaces.
different shoes. Make sure they have good arch support and well-cushioned
soles. Or if your current shoes are in good shape, try heel cups or shoe
inserts (orthotics ) to cushion your heel.
- Switch to
other activities or exercises that don't put pressure on your heel. After your
symptoms are completely gone, gradually resume the activity that was causing
- If you are an athlete, do not ignore or attempt to "run
through" the pain. This can lead to a chronic problem that is more difficult to
Who to see
The following health professionals can
evaluate and diagnose plantar fasciitis and recommend nonsurgical
If nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, your
doctor may refer you to a specialist such as an orthopedist or podiatrist. If
you are an athlete, your doctor may refer you to a sports medicine specialist
to look for problems with how your feet strike the ground, how your feet are
shaped, or your training routine.
The following health
professionals can do surgery:
- Podiatric surgeon
surgeon, especially one who specializes in foot and ankle
- Sports medicine surgeon
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.