walking cast is a nonsurgical treatment for
plantar fasciitis. Simpler treatments-such as
rest, ice, heel cups, or cushions-are usually tried before a walking
Having your foot in a cast for several weeks
causes some weakening of the foot, ankle, and calf muscles and some loss of
flexibility. After the cast is removed, you will need some rehabilitation to
restore strength and range of motion. But a cast forces you to rest your
foot. This rest may be very
helpful for relieving plantar fasciitis.
An FDA advisory committee recently recommended that the FDA set certain limits on acetaminophen, a drug that is used in many prescription and nonprescription medicines to relieve pain and reduce fever.
Those limits could include taking off the market some prescription drugs, such as the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin, which combine acetaminophen with other active ingredients.
The reason for the proposed limits is the risk of liver damage from taking too much acetaminophen.
Casting is somewhat more
expensive and inconvenient than other nonsurgical treatments. But if less expensive treatments are not helpful, you often will have many more
doctor visits. These visits add to the overall cost.
A removable cast
(CAM walker) can also be effective. But you must wear it 22 to 23 hours a
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
July 13, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 13, 2011
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