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Physical therapy can teach you the proper stretching and
strengthening exercises and can provide the support and motivation you need to
complete your treatment for
Many therapists evaluate leg and foot alignment to find out whether
problems in position caused the heel pain in the first place. They then treat
the alignment problem either with specific muscle strengthening or by measuring
for (and, in some cases, constructing) heel lifts or other inserts (orthotics)
to wear inside the shoes.
A physical therapist can also help you plan your gradual return to activity as symptoms go away.
Ultrasound has been a common treatment for plantar
fasciitis. But recent studies suggest that it may be no more effective than
sham treatment.1 Ask your
doctor about ultrasound for plantar fasciitis.
Landorf KB, Menz HB (2008).
Plantar heel pain and fasciitis, search date January 2007.
Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence:
January 18, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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