I battled plantar fasciitis for about 9 months before I found a great podiatrist who fixed me. I have a neuro disease called RSD that means I can't be casted or immobilized unless it is life saving. Usually this doc would use casts but she tailored the treatment to meet my needs.
1. Injections into the instep with cortisone once a week for 3 weeks.
2. After the injection she would wrap just my arch in a splint that had to stay in place for the whole week, keep dry, shower with a cast cover on.
3. Anytime I was off my feet and at night I wore a hard "L" shaped boot that kept my foot in the proper alignment. Those soft things are a waste of time.
4. Orthotic insoles in my tennis shoes which is all I could wear every day. No bare feet, no flip flops, no sandals.
5. PF stretches at least 6 times per day, especially after resting.
Repeat again for the next two weeks, although a small cast would probably be used for most patients rather than the arch splint. I had a huge improvement but I have to continue to do my part which includes buying good shoes and wearing insoles in them. Insoles have to be replaced occasionally. For the occasional sandal, Orthaheels can be worn but they are pricey so look for sales. Just don't try to wear them every day or you will suffer. Continue stretching before and after working out. Once you have PF, your days of wearing cheap shoes and very high heels are pretty much over. But it's worth it to get rid of the pain.
"Sandy, you can do anything you set your mind to."
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