What is the approximate Plantar Fasciitis recovery time?

The recovery time for Plantar Fasciitis is varied and is dependent upon different factors. In general it can vary from a few days (if treatment starts early) to a few years if left untreated. If the wrong treatments are implemented and the Plantar Fasciitis is aggravated then the heel pain can last for years. Problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, and most inflammatory foot conditions are often ongoing due to the simple fact that we cannot rest our feet, as we can other parts of our body such as a hand or an arm. Even if we refrain from physical exercise, or take time off work, there is still stress and load on our feet as we walk and so Plantar Fasciitis recovery time can be months rather than weeks.

Plantar Fasciitis recovery time will depend on the following factors:

  • The length of time that the patient has been feeling heel pain has a bearing on plantar fasciitis recovery time. Patients who present to the clinic soon after feeling the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis can often recover within a week or two.
  • In such cases we will implement quick and simple remedies and encourage rest and an emphasis on footwear.
  • The severity of the damage to the Plantar Fascia will also affect Plantar Fasciitis recovery time. This can be measured by ultra sound imaging. The greater the damage to the Plantar Fascia, then the greater the inflammation, and hence the longer it can take to fully recover.
  • The presence of a tear in the Plantar Fascia can also affect Plantar Fasciitis recovery time. Naturally, a tear takes longer to heal. The treatment for a tear usually involves a rehabilitation boot and these have been found to reduce Plantar Fasciitis recovery time dramatically. Treatment duration can be reduced to 6-12 weeks depending on the severity of the Plantar Fascial tear.
  • The use of prescription orthotics (if designed well and if comfortable) will reduce Plantar Fasciitis recovery time significantly. Patients who follow instruction and wear their orthotics daily will usually have a Plantar Fasciitis recovery time of around 6 weeks.
  • Occupation is a significant factor in Plantar Fasciitis recovery time. Patients with weight bearing jobs who are on their feet for long periods will sometimes take longer to heal than those with less strenuous jobs. These patients might have a Plantar Fasciitis recovery time of 8-12 weeks rather than 6 weeks.They will need monitoring throughout the course of their treatment. Such patients are Nurses, School teachers, Rangers, Builders, Personal trainers, Hairdressers and more.
  • Body weight can affect Plantar Fasciitis recovery time. Heavier patients have more stress on their feet and for this reason they can take longer to heal. For heavier patients who have Plantar Fasciitis but no tears in their plantar fascia it may take 12 weeks as opposed to 6 weeks to recover. The irony lies in the inability to exercise in order to lose weight due to the pain in the heel.
  • Footwear is crucial when trying to reduce Plantar Fasciitis recovery time. Supportive shoes are a must!

Patients with stronger and more durable shoes will have a shorter Plantar Fasciitis recovery time than those patients wearing softer and less supportive footwear. It is important to have professional advice regarding footwear. A patient’s idea of a “good shoe” is often very different to that of a podiatrist.

Ultimately, Plantar Fasciitis recovery time is significantly reduced when professional care and treatment from an experienced heel pain practitioner is put in place. An average recovery time of 6-12 weeks is common, taking into account the above information.

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Written by Karl Lockett

Video about Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Causes by Karl Lockett


Transcription Below If You’d Rather Read:

Hi! I’m Karl Lockett. I’ve been a sports podiatrist for twelve years,and I’ve found that one of the biggest causes of heel pain is recreational running and walking. The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain around this part of the heel here, or through the arch of the foot here. Many Patients report the feeling of stone bruise, or a pebble in the shoe. When they wake up in the morning and they put their foot on the ground, there’s often a lot of pain. Most patients hobble for the first few steps, and after a few minutes, the pain tends to drop off. In the first consultation, we try and work out why they’ve got the problem,have a good look at their foot function, have a look at what shoes they’re using, put them on a treadmill, video their feet, see how they walk, and then we’ll give them some feedback on the things that they can do to avoid the problem, and things that they can do to reduce the pain, and moving forward, things that they can do to support the fascia and enable the healing to take place.

Some people have inflammation in the fascia. Other people have tears in the fascia. So, everyone is different, and for that reason different people will respond to different treatments. Some people benefit from orthotics, some people benefit from simple stretching techniques and footwear advice. Other people might need to go into a rehabboot. It really depends on how severe the problem is, and how accurately your problem’s been diagnosed. So if you’ve got foot problems, if you’ve got any type of heel pain, if you got symptoms consistent with plantar fasciitis, I can help. (end of transcription)

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What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

What causes Plantar Fasciitis? Its no coincidence. The majority of patients presenting with heel pain have gone from zero to hero overnight!

The amount of times that the heel pain patient reports that they made the decision to “get fit” is uncanny.

They usually join a bootcamp,  hire a personal trainer or join the gym. Often, there are exercise routines that involve explosive movements, hill running, jumping or squatting. This creates tight calf muscles which pull on the heel and also puts a lot of stress on the foot. The plantar fascia is put under a lot of strain and then becomes inflamed very suddenly : hence plantar fasciitis.

Regardless of the heel pain, there is a desire to keep training and to lose weight and so the routine continues, which adds further to the pain caused by the plantar fasciitis. Most patients find that they can get through a training session because the heel pain eases after warming up. However, a few hours later, and the morning after can be excruciating!

So what should happen? Well, there needs to be a much slower return to exercise, with ample rest days in between and regular stretching afterwards. Calf muscle stretching is crucial as this prevents the pulling on the heel.

Once heel pain has taken a hold then its important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Plantar fasciitis can persist for many months if left untreated.

With the correct heel pain treatments in place it is sometimes possible for patients with plantar fasciitis to keep training. However, this is not always possible and a few weeks rest can be required while the treatments take effect.

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Written by Karl Lockett