Treatment of plantar fasciitis

Am Fam Physician. 2001 Feb 1;63(3):467-74, 477-8.


Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in adults. The disorder classically presents with pain that is particularly severe with the first few steps taken in the morning. In general, plantar fasciitis is a self-limited condition. However, symptoms usually resolve more quickly when the interval between the onset of symptoms and the onset of treatment is shorter. Many treatment options exist, including rest, stretching, strengthening, change of shoes, arch supports, orthotics, night splints, anti-inflammatory agents and surgery. Usually, plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully by tailoring treatment to an individual's risk factors and preferences.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage
  • Adult
  • Fasciitis / diagnosis
  • Fasciitis / rehabilitation
  • Fasciitis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Foot Diseases / diagnosis
  • Foot Diseases / rehabilitation
  • Foot Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intralesional
  • Male
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods
  • Pain / diagnosis
  • Pain / rehabilitation
  • Pain Management*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods
  • Prognosis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones