4 Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

  1. Medications
  2. Medical procedures
  3. Surgery
  4. Therapies
If you’ve experienced pain at the bottom of your feet, then you might be looking for treatment for plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament found in your heel to the front of your foot. Other than supporting your feet, it also absorbs shock when you walk.  But because of daily wear and tear, the ligaments might get damaged or torn. When this happens, you might notice stiffness, inflammation, and pain. This affects the bottom of the heel or the mid-foot area in one or both feet. If you want to know what to do, keep on reading!


If you’re diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, you might find it painful to move your feet after sitting or lying down for some time. You might also notice aching after completing an activity. This is because the ligaments are irritated or inflamed.  Usually, rest, bracing, and medication are recommended by doctors to treat plantar fasciitis. You may be prescribed ibuprofen and naproxen sodium to reduce pain and address inflammation. If these don’t work, a steroid medication will be injected into the affected area to ease the pain. 

Medical Procedures

Medical procedures If medications don’t work, or you have chronic plantar fasciitis, your doctor might also recommend shockwave therapy or ultrasonic tissue repair.  Shockwave therapy is a method where pressure waves are delivered to the skin. These waves reach the inflamed tissue where they trigger the healing process by improving oxygen and blood supply. This results in reduced inflammation and regeneration of cells.  On the other hand, ultrasonic tissue repair uses ultrasound imaging to place a probe into the affected tissue. This way, the damaged tissue can be suctioned out. 


When medications and medical procedures fail, your doctor might recommend surgery to improve your quality of life. This involves removing the plantar fascia from the heel bone. This option is usually advised to patients suffering from the condition for more than six months.  Plantar fasciitis surgery can reduce pain and improve your mobility, so you can continue living your life. But just like all surgeries, it also comes with some risk of complications too. This is why it’s only recommended after you have exhausted your treatment options. 


Therapies If you’re diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, therapy can help you ease the symptoms. If you’re interested, you can book an appointment with a chiropractor as they are trained and experienced in treating problems related to the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues.  A chiropractor can help reduce the pressure in the plantar fascia—which is a ligament in your feet—so it can become more relaxed. This way, the affected area can begin to heal. This is a good option if you’re looking for non-drug, non-surgical, and non-invasive treatments. Other than that, they could address secondary problems, such as strained muscles in other parts of your body. This can happen when you adjust your posture to avoid heel pain. Lastly, a chiropractor can advise you on home remedies and lifestyle changes you can make to manage the symptoms. 

Key Takeaway

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can hinder your daily activities and enjoyment of life. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways it can be treated. Depending on the severity of your case, the treatment suitable for you will vary.  If you’re looking for a non-drug and non-surgical treatment for plantar fasciitis, you can contact us here at Chiropractor Philippines. We have branches in Alabang or Parañaque where you can book an appointment. This way, we can help you address your symptoms and provide you with long-term results. 

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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