How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis Quickly

A Common Question is How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis Quickly

At the Heel Clinic the sports podiatrist is commonly asked how to heal plantar fasciitis quickly in order for the patients to be fit and ready for a sporting event. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes the feeling of a stone bruise under the base of the heel and when severe enough it can lead to inactivity and the patient avoiding involvement in sports. The patient will typically feel severe discomfort first thing in the morning when rising from bed. Commonly, the heel pain will subside within the first 10 to 15 minutes and the patient is able to walk more freely.

A 42-year-old female runner presented to the heel clinic, presented the podiatrist with ultrasound reports and firmly requested how to heal her plantar fasciitis quickly. This is a common scenario and one that practitioners in the healthcare space see commonly. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet and no singular treatment for plantar fasciitis and more often than not recovery will take anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks. If the patient is overweight and the condition is more chronic then the heel pain may last even longer than this. Sports podiatrist do have a good understanding of how to heal the plantar fasciitis quickly, but it is also very important that they educate the patient and ensure that they avoids doing things that aggravate the plantar fascia and prolong the heel pain.

One of the most important factors to consider in the treatment of plantar fasciitis is supportive intervention which can be achieved via the use of rigid sports tape or carbon fibre orthotics placed inside the running shoes or street shoes. Given adequate support, heel pain will reduce and plantar fasciitis will heal quickly.

How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis Quickly with Shockwave Therapy

The research has shown that one of the ways to heal plantar fasciitis quickly is via the use of treatments such as shockwave therapy. This particular form of treatment will stimulate healing by increasing the number of blood capillaries and the turn over of new collagen. There is also some welcome analgesic effect with shockwave therapy which reduces the heel pain instantly. Shockwave therapy can be applied at weekly intervals and the patient will normally receive anywhere between three and six sessions. The probe is placed under the base of the heel and the treatment lasts for approximately four minutes. Patients with plantar fasciitis will heal quickly if they engage in shockwave therapy. The probe can also be used through the arch of the fort along the mid-fibres of the plantar fascia.

How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis Quickly with Immobilisation Boots

Another way to heal plantar fasciitis quickly is via the use of an immobilisation boot, however the use of these boots is normally applicable for patients with an extremely acute condition. On occasions, patients will develop small tears or deep surface tears within the plantar fascia and this can lead to severe heel pain. The use of the immobilisation boots in these instances will allow for a very speedy recovery.

How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis Quickly with Ice Packs

Another way to heal plantar fasciitis quickly is to apply cold compress or ice packs to the base of the heel or the mid-fibres of the plantar fascia in order to reduce inflammatory change. Some practitioners argue that plantar fasciitis does not involve inflammation as such, however many patients will feel the benefits of using ice packs.

If you have been struggling with severe heel pain and if you are wondering how to heal plantar fasciitis quickly you should consider some of the supportive intervention listed above. It is important not to take direct medical advice from this article, however more importantly consulting with a sports podiatrist and discussing the options listed above would be beneficial.

Dr Podiatrist Karl Lockett

Heel Clinic

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