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Persistent Plantar Fasciitis

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 Question: I’ve been wearing a splint at night for plantar fasciitis, but I’m still in pain. What else can I do?

Answer: A common condition in middle-aged adults, plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed. Wearing a splint at night should help ease pain by gent­ly stretching the ligament. Another way to stretch is to place a rolled towel on the ball of your foot, then hold both ends of the towel and gently pull with your knee straight. You should do this several times a day. Rolling the foot on a frozen plastic bottle of water and taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) will help with pain and inflammation. It’s also important to wear shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole, and use orthotic inserts if needed. Avoid wearing flip-flops.

If these measures do not help, consult a board-certified podiatrist, who may recommend custom ­orthotics, corticosteroid injections or, in some cases, surgery.

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Source: Neil A. Campbell, DPM, staff podiatrist, Cuero Community Hospital, Texas. Date: November 1, 2015 Publication: Bottom Line Health
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