- Rolling ice massage with a frozen sport bottle, or with other arch massage techniques, for 5 minutes 3 times per day.
- A posterior rest or sleeping splint to give a prolonged gentle stretch for an hour minimum.
- The achilles and plantar fascial stretches seen in my videos in this blog done 30 seconds each 3-5 times per day.
- Physical therapy with some form of deep tissue work (like ART or Graston).
Monday, June 30, 2014
Plantar Fasciitis: Essentially a Flexibility Issue
Dear Dr. Blake, I just wanted to tell you that, after a week of doing the stretches you recommended, the plantar fascitis is essentially gone! Thank you so much! E
Dr Blake's comment: This email I just received shows that the basic treatment for plantar fasciitis is flexibility. Mechanical support and anti-inflammatory measures can be important also, but flexibility is crucial for most.
The 4 approaches patients use to gain flexibility are: