Treatments for plantar fasciitis

February 2012

Expert: Dr. Marlene Reid

Drew in AZ: I've been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I have tried four different pairs of orthotics, done physical therapy for months, night splints, icing, electric stimulation, and had a plantar release surgery on one foot. My feet are still in extreme pain. Is it possible I have something else? Already having had surgery, what else can I do?

Dr. Reid: You don't mention if you have had any type of diagnostic testing. Very often an MRI or diagnostic ultrasound are used to help confirm a diagnosis. I think this is important for you, especially as you have failed all traditional treatments and your symptoms are not characteristic of plantar fasciitis. It may be time for a second opinion. See the Find a Podiatrist section on APMA's website. 


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