It’s important to have plantar fasciitis treated right away; left unchecked, it can contribute to severe knee, hip, and back problems. This occurs because you will change your gait to deal with pain, throwing off the alignment of your body.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis begins with physical therapy, which can help you battle the stiffness in the heel that is characteristic of plantar fasciitis. You will learn exercises that stretch the calves to prevent a reoccurrence. NSAIDs can help alleviate pain and inflammation. In some cases, corticosteroid injections can help with both pain and swelling.
A specialized splint worn during sleep can slowly stretch the fascia and help you heal.
Supportive shoes and specialized padded inserts can reduce the amount of tension placed on the fascia and prevent future fascia pain.