How to treat plantar fasciitis and prevent it from recurring?Sport Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Health & Fitness
I tend to get plantar fasciitis when I am on long walking holidays. The pain in my feet gets so bad that I can only limp around, and I need to rest for hours before it gets a bit better. I have tried NSAIDs/rest/icing for the pain, and it seems to help a little bit. I would like to know how I can treat plantar fasciitis, and prevent it from recurring as it causes a real disruption to my holidays.
Plantar fasciitis (PF) is certainly a very common problem that I see in clinic on an almost daily basis. PF can be triggered by many different causes such as prolong standing, sudden impact or increased weight or a sudden change in activity. It sounds like your symptoms are triggered by long walks.
In general, simple treatments for PF include stretching your calves, wearing cushioned footwear and rolling the PF with a ball or ice bottle.
If you would like to look into further, I would suggest seeing a Sports/MSK physician or a podiatrist - they can assess you clinically and perhaps scan your foot with an ultrasound scanner. You might then require other treatments such as orthotics, shockwave therapy or injection treatments.
I hope this helps.
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