To confirm if you have plantar fasciitis, your doctor will examine your feet and ask about your symptoms. Tests may be advised, such as an X-ray or MRI so your doctor can be certain that the pain is not caused by a fracture or arthritis.
If you experience persistent pain with little or no relief from rest, it’s best to speak to your doctor.
There are several home remedies and non-surgical options that can help to relieve the pain. These include:
These interventions usually take up to 10 months for any improvement. If they do not offer sufficient relief, your doctor may recommend cortisone injections to ease the inflammation.
Surgery is also an option if other forms of treatment are unsuccessful, or if the pain is severe and persistent for more than 6 months. Your doctor may recommend one of the following:
As any form of surgery comes with risks, it is advisable to attempt non-surgical options first. Consult an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the treatment method most suitable for you.