Plantar fasciitis refers to pain in the heel especially early in the morning.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
- In severe cases, a corticosteroid injection into the tender area may provide relief. Rarely, surgery to release the plantar fascia from its attachment may be necessary.
- Self Care: Rest the foot as much as possible, especially during the first week. Avoid jogging, running, and excess standing; instead, substitute exercises that do not put undue stress on the injured ligament, like bicycling or swimming.
- Apply ice to the tender area a few times daily to reduce inflammation. Try rolling the arch of the foot over an empty tennis ball can that has been filled with water and frozen; this both cools and stretches the affected area.