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.
Deep breathing and meditation are techniques that help your body relax, which eases pain. Tension and tightness seep from muscles as they receive a quiet message to relax.
Although there are many to meditate, the soothing power of repetition is at the heart of some forms of meditation. Focusing on the breath, ignoring thoughts, and repeating a word or phrase -- a mantra -- causes the body to relax. While you can learn meditation on your own, it helps to take a class.
Deep breathing is also a relaxation...
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
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July 13, 2011
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