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:
- Prolonged standing
- Sudden impact
- 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:
- shockwave therapy or
- injection treatments
I hope this helps.
Dr Dinesh Sirisena
MBBS, DCH, DRCOG, MRCGP, DIP, FSEM
Sports Medicine Centre
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
90 Yishun Central, Singapore 768828
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