Recover From Plantar Fasciitis With Podiatry Treatment


Conservative Treatments


Plantar Fasciitis is foot condition with a few common causes.  One of the main reasons people get plantar fasciitis is actually because of improper footwear.  Everyone’s foot shape is different and shoes as well as their shoe inserts may actually be harming your feet. 


If you have high arched feet or flat feet and have plantar fasciitis, improper footwear is likely the cause.  Different shoes are made for different foot types but many of my patients are unaware of this.  Come in to speak with us and we will determine exactly what shoes you should be wearing to support your feet and your lifestyle. 


Also, shoe inserts in store-bought shoes are generic and do not support a differentiated foot type.  They are made for the “average” foot.  If you have high arched or flat feet, they can actively harming your feet.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, one of our podiatrists will custom make a pair of orthotics for you.  Custom made orthotics fit specifically your foot shape and therefore, provide you the maximum amount of support while walking. 


Stretch and Strengthen

Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by tight muscles, particularly calf muscles and a tight plantar fascia band.  Calf stretching that focuses both on the calf muscles and the achilles tendon are crucial for recovery.  Stretches for the plantar fascia band will also tremendously improve your condition.  If you maintain loose feet and calf muscles, there is a good chance that plantar fasciitis will disappear.  


Because of this condition, the plantar fascia band may also be weak.  Strengthening the plantar fascia band is a great way to counter this weakness and develop strong feet that can support your body.  We will go over all the ways to stretch and strengthen your feet during your office visit.  One suggestion we offer is to wear a night splint that will loosen up the calf muscles.    


A soft tissue massage of the plantar fascia band may help you relieve any of the scar tissue that formed in and around the band, which can be actively preventing the band’s full recovery.


Plantar Fasciitis normal disappears after just a few weeks but only with the right treatment.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will treat your plantar fasciitis and give you plan to apply at home.  It is our job to help you get rid of this painful foot condition and we guarantee that you will get better after coming in to see us.  


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By Michael Stegman