“We typically treat plantar fasciitis conservatively, at first,” said Dan Michaels, DPM. “This can include a combination of remedies, including rest, exercises that stretch the calf muscles, orthotics, icing the heel, over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, supportive footwear, and physical therapy.”
Most patients respond well to conservative treatments. However, depending on the severity of the plantar fasciitis, additional therapies may be required, including: Injection therapy, shockwave therapy, ultrasonic treatment, and surgery. No matter what kind of treatment a patient undergoes, the underlying causes that led to the condition may remain. Preventive measures, such as wearing supportive shoes, stretching, and using custom orthotic devices, are the mainstay of long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis.