Plantar fasciitis is a common condition, occurring in both active and sedentary people. In most cases it is self-limiting. Management includes stretching and strengthening exercises. In chronic cases, the addition of proper fitting footwear and orthotics, activity modification and a graded exercise program are essential to recovery.
Simone is a 52-year-old woman who enjoys taking long hikes in the Australian bush and walking trips overseas. For the past year she has suffered from plantar fasciitis, and this has greatly restricted her walking. Wearing insoles and performing stretches have provided good relief, but she is missing her long hikes and is pleading for a resolution to her problem. What else can be done for this patient?