The best shoes for sufferers of plantar fasciitis have balanced arch supports, wide shock-absorbing heels and front cushioning, reports FootSmart. Patients may benefit from wearing cushioning insoles, heel pads or arch supports in shoes they already own.
Another way to deal with pain from plantar fasciitis is to wear ankle braces and night splints, according to FootSmart. Stretching the effected areas may also improve the condition. When none of these treatments are working, a doctor may inject steroids to reduce inflammation in the foot and ankle. In a few cases, patients have to undergo surgery to stretch the tissue in the foot. Full recovery after this surgery often takes at least six weeks.