I’m not an expert in Plantar Fasciitis (1) but I see it every day.
Yesterday I helped three people with it. Today in the hour I was assisting on the sales floor there were two. My step mother in another state even called me tonight asking if I’d talk to her friend about it.
The hardest part about addressing PF is no one knows what’s going to work. Not your podiatrist, not your physical therapist, not your shoe salesman.
Experts try a lot a different strategies…orthotics, cross training, surgery, cushioned shoes, stability shoes, rockered shoes, night splints, taping, arch compression sleeves, cortisone shots, stretching, strengthening, and so on.
But no matter what we do, Plantar Fasciitis spontaneously resolves the majority of the time all by itself, even if left untreated.
So what do you do if you have it?
Throw everything you can at it and wait it out (2).
(1) – It’s not technically Plantar Fasciitis for most people. Fasciitis means the tissues are inflamed. The body stops the inflammatory process after a couple of weeks. If your foot hurts in that area for longer than a couple of weeks, and it’s not something else such as a tendon problem or calcaneal stress fracture, it’s almost certainly Plantar Fasciosis, which means the tissue is dying. That also means anti-inflammatories, which are coming under fire anyway, aren’t going to do much since the tissue isn’t inflamed. I recommend getting a diagnosis if you suspect PF. You do not want to break your calcaneus.
(2) – A small percentage of people do struggle with it for years. I suspect an unaddressed structural or biomechanical issue for most of these folks.