Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include rest, cold compresses, crutches, cushioned heel pads, orthotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections into the plantar fascia, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Surgery may be required for severe plantar fascitis.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include:
- Cushioned heel pads
- Supportive footwear
- Cold compresses
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis
- Splint for plantar fasciitis
- Corticosteroid medications:
- Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy:
- Sound waves are directed at the heel, in order to promote healing.
- Surgery for plantar fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Will I need surgery?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having plantar fasciitis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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