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Plantar fasciitis in athletes is often the result of
overtraining. You will need to reduce your level of activity. Or you will need to switch to
another type of activity that puts less stress on your feet. This, combined
anti-inflammatory drugs, and making sure that you have
good-quality shoes, will usually allow your condition to improve. It may take
several months for your pain to go away completely. If you continue to have symptoms after several months of treatment, you and your doctor may also consider corticosteroid shots and even surgery.
When your pain and tenderness have gone away, increase your activity level gradually. You may be able to start
exercises such as cycling and swimming before you can add walking or running.
Consider using an
orthotic device in your shoe. If symptoms of plantar fasciitis do not come back,
you may return to full activity. It usually takes at least several weeks before you can return to running.1
Wapner KL, Parekh SG (2010). Heel pain. In JC DeLee
et al., eds., DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 3rd ed., vol. 2, pp. 2030–2056. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
July 9, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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