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Plantar Fasciitis

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury affecting the sole of the foot. It is characterized by severe pain in the heel of the foot due to inflammation of the band of tissue (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes.

Untreated, the condition can hinder physical activity and produce additional symptoms in the knee, hip and back.

Marshfield Clinic has clinical experts trained in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.


In most cases, your doctor will recommend non-surgical procedures for Plantar Fasciitis including:

Non-surgical treatments

  • Resting the foot, combined with application of ice can reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen can lessen symptoms.
  • An at-home program of exercises designed to flex and stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia can reduce the chance of recurrence of the condition.
  • A steroidal anti-inflammatory injection to the heel may be considered if a plan of rest and exercise proves to be ineffective.

Assistance Devices

Shoes with shock-absorbing heels and/or orthotic inserts with a rubber heal pad can provide additional support and reduce symptoms.

​If pain continues your doctor may recommend the use of a walking cast or a positional splint to be worn while sleeping.


When non-surgical options prove unsuccessful, your doctor may suggest a surgical approach to release the ligament.


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How Much Do You Know About Foot Health?

Most people would agree that it's no small problem when their feet ache. Yet few other parts of the body are more neglected in terms of basic personal care. And major foot problems and chronic pain often go ignored. Learning about foot care can help you recognize when to see a healthcare provider for treatment.

1. You should inspect your feet regularly.
2. Trim your toenails to follow the curve of your toe.
3. For people who don't have circulation problems, it's safe to use over-the-counter remedies for foot ailments such as corns or warts.
4. Having a pedicure can treat foot problems.
5. You shouldn't wear the same pair of shoes for two or more days in a row.
6. High heels frequently cause foot problems in women.
7. Years of wearing narrow shoes that squeeze the toes together can cause bunions.

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