Taping your feet will also add support and relieve stress during activity. Plantar fasciitis accounts for 10% of runner-related injuries and US doctors see 200,000 cases of this condition per year. Therefore, wearing appropriate shoes with significant arch support and motion control will help protect your feet. It is recommended that you avoid flat shoes and/or walking barefoot whenever possible.
Avoidance of aggravating activities (any activity that involves repeated, impact of your heel on a hard surface such as jumping) and activity modification (pursuing less strenuous, weight bearing routines such as water exercises or biking) are recommended. It is suggested that you start at 50% of what you would normally do, and increase gradually as you see improvement in your condition.
Strengthening exercises such as picking up small items with your toes, doing toe taps or towel curls that focus on the muscles of your foot will help to increase your power and alleviate muscle imbalances in your foot.
Conservative treatments tend to be the best way to treat plantar fasciitis. However, it can take months to years to heal depending on your situation and commitment to treatment (6 weeks to 6 months or longer). To improve healing time and treat your pain naturally, cold compression therapy, and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ are recommended.