If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you might think perhaps you should rest your feet, but it’s actually better for you to keep on the move. Plantar fasciitis affects the band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes, and can cause stabbing pains when walking. A treatment for it is to keep moving, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Keep your mileage and speed down if you begin experiencing pain, and place an ice pack under your foot for 15 minutes after you’ve finished walking. An alternative is to roll a frozen bottle of water under your foot for 10 to 15 minutes instead. Adding support to your foot can also help, so using an insole in your shoe or wrapping your foot with athletic tape is also recommended. To find out more about this, read this guide to Walking With Plantar Fasciitis .
This is the classic history of plantar fasciitis. The typical patient is 40-70 years of age and can point almost directly to the plantar medial heel as the source from where the pain emanates. It is a degenerative process associated with micro-tears of the plantar fascia. Figure A shows a calcaneal spur. It is widely accepted that heel spurs can occur concomitantly with plantar fasciitis, but they are not the etiology of the disorder. Treatment is predominantly aimed at intrinsic toe stretching (Illustration B) combined with Achilles stretching (Illustration A) as gastrocnemius contractures are often found concomitantly. Night splints have also been found to help. If surgery is required because conservative management fails after 6-12 months, only the medial third of the plantar fascia is released so that the medial longitudinal arch is not compromised.