Treatment of plantar fasciitis

Written by: Dr. Eduard Rabat Ribes
Edited by: Top Doctors®


What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the aponeurosis that we have in the sole of the foot, which goes from the heel and connects with the heel bone -which is the calcaneus- to the root of the fingers.. Precisely in that point of union with the calcaneus is where inflammation occurs. There are a lot of people who suffer from this disease, but athletes are especially prone to suffer, due to the overuse they make of the feet.



The pain starts in the morning, when you get up, and it is a very intense pain in the center of the heel. As the foot warms the pain becomes more bearable, although it repeats each time we rest and we rise again.


The cause of pain

It is shown that the spur in the calcaneus is never the cause of heel pain. Many times people are sentenced telling them they have a calcaneal spur, creating a great concern, but in fact the cause of the pain is plantar fasciitis.


The diagnosis

The first test that needs to be done to diagnose this disease is, as always, to listen to the patient. You should also feel the area and, specifically, the point of pain. As a complementary test, I also recommend the ultrasound and, subsequently, properly control the evolution of the disease to assess if it is necessary to resort to surgery.



The initial treatment is based on anti-inflammatory, sports relaxation, stretching and physiotherapy work in a first phase. Later infiltrations can and shock waves can be very useful. But above all the templates, they are fundamental, since they constitute a great protection for the affected area. Beyond this treatment is surgery, which is only required in some cases.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Eduard Rabat Ribes
Orthopaedic Surgery

Prominent orthopedic surgeon with over 35 years experience. He specializes in foot surgery and is skilled in bunion, pes planus and Morton neuroma. Currently he has a private practice in the Chiron Hospital of Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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