Some of the common conservative treatments used for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs may include
- Changes in shoes to include more supportive sport/walking shoes.
- Oral anti-inflammatories including over-the-counter medications such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve.
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatories prescribed by a physician.
- Anti-inflammatory injections (sometimes cortisone-type medications) into the area of inflammation.
- Stretching exercises similar to those performed by runners and athletes.
- Massage including tennis ball or frozen water bottle massage of the arch.
- Taping or strapping of the foot/arch/ankle to correct the biomechanical fault that caused the onset of symptoms.
- Night splints to keep the ligament under tension during the night.
- Longterm conservative treatment should include custom-molded functional orthotics. This is the best conservative treatment for Plantar Fasciitis.