Questions to ask about exercising during plantar fasciitis treatment

Questions about exercising while treating plantar fasciitis may include the following:

  • Should I cut back on my exercise? How many days per week, how long, and what exercise should I do instead?
  • Should I ice my foot after I exercise? If so, for how long each time, and how long should I continue the icing?
  • Should I use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) either before or after I exercise?
  • Are there exercises I can do to make my foot and ankle more flexible? What are they, and how often and how long should I do them?
  • Do you think physical therapy or referral to a sports medicine specialist, foot specialist (podiatrist), or bone, muscle, and joint specialist (orthopedist) is appropriate?

Last Updated: July 16, 2009

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