Managing Plantar Fasciitis Yourself

There are lots of ways you can help your own condition to improve.

For me personally, accepting that I may not get long term good results from medical treatment options was the first step to deciding to manage the condition myself. I would recommend that anyone who has or thinks they might have PF first goes to see their doctor or at least a qualified physio - I am strongly in favour of professional medical advice, and medical treatment where possible!

 

Most doctors will advise you to try some simple self-management approaches before any major medical intervention is recommended, so once you've had your diagnosis confirmed, get stuck into the suggestions below, and feel free to get in touch with your own!

A combination approach works best

For me and many other Plantar Fasciitis sufferers that I know, a combination of approaches has worked the best. Whether your plantar fasciitis is new or has been around for a while, doing a few of the simple things in combination can really help. It might feel like a chore initially - I'm a really impatient person myself and I just wanted a quick, one-hit fix! But now that I've worked a few of them into my routine I barely notice them.

Foot strengthening and stretching

Ice, heat and painkillers

Massage and rolling

Therapies and home treatments

Compression, support and insoles

Lifestyle and footwear