22 Nov Plantar Fasciitis Recovery Time
For many active individuals, Plantar Fasciitis can be a real pain. Runners, cyclists and triathletes alike often experience the pangs of Plantar Fasciitis. Usually, this will stop their activities and hinder training significantly. But it’s not just active individuals that suffer from plantar fasciitis, many Americans suffer the symptoms just when they are walking. In fact, it most commonly occurs in patients between 40 and 60 who are overweight. If your BMI is over 25, you may be at risk of plantar fasciitis.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can either be acute or chronic. It’s typically underneath the heel at the point where the plantar fascia (this is the band of tissue under your foot) attached to the heel bone (the calcaneal tubercle). It’s often chronic and will worsen in the morning and after being OFF your feet (ie if you’ve been lying on the sofa for a few hours those first few steps might really hurt).
What treatment options are available for Plantar Fasciitis?
The first piece of good news is that plantar fasciitis is often self-limiting. This is medical speak for “it will go away if you leave it long enough”. For most patients this is true. Over 6 to 18 months the pain will often resolve itself. However, for that year, it can be incredibly painful. Treatments can often reduce the healing time and get you back on your feet faster. This is why it is so key to go to a specialist foot and ankle clinic that will provide specialist advice to get rid of the issue fast. Treatments are often given in combination but will typically involve:
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen. These reduce inflammation and therefore reduce the number of signals being sent to your brain.
- Nature’s remedy can often do the trick. If it hurts – don’t stand on it! Often sporty individuals will have to reduce their activity for some amount of time.
- Low-Dye taping. This has been shown to be effective in the short term and works to reduce morning pain and stiffness.
- Orthotics. This is where you need specialist input. Insoles are custom made an are designed to correct any issues in the arches of your foot that may be making the plantar fasciitis worse. Many studies have shown that orthotics reduce pain.
- Night splints can be used to reduce pain. These are worn at night and stretch out the plantar fascia
What’s the recovery time like for plantar fasciitis?
Patients who use multiple therapies have been shown to have better outcomes and recover faster. However, in most patients, the pain will take somewhere between 6 and 18 months to fully resolve.
If you or somebody you know want to get back on their feet fast – get in contact with a specialist foot and ankle clinic who will be able to tailor therapy specifically to your needs.