Home remedies for plantar fasciitis include resting the feet, use of over-the-counter pain relievers, icing the affected area, and use of stretching exercises, according to WebMD. Purchasing and wearing new shoes that provide proper arch supports is also helpful in preventing the pain.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the heel and toes. It is the most common form of heel pain, and the pain is often more noticeable early in the morning, after spending several hours standing on the feet, or when moving from a seated to a standing position, according to Mayo Clinic. Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners and overweight individuals.
Some people find losing weight helpful at minimizing the pain of plantar fasciitis. Individuals who participate in high-impact sports may need to change to lower-impact activities to find relief of plantar fasciitis pain. Swimming and bicycling cause less stress than running or walking, reports Mayo Clinic.
If home remedies do not work, the individual with plantar fasciitis may require treatment from a doctor. The doctor might prescribe splints to wear at night to keep the plantar fascia stretched while the patient sleeps. If the pain persists, he might prescribe cortisone shots. If these remedies do not bring relief of the condition after six to 12 months, the doctor may recommend surgery, reports WebMD.