Unfortunately, because plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, most doctors will prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as a first treatment to reduce inflammation in the ligament.
While these drugs may ease the pain, they do not treat the cause of the inflammation.
Physical therapists often recommend stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and night splints that can stretch the calf and the arch of the foot.
These treatments also relieve pain temporarily, but seldom treat the cause of the inflammation.
Steroid injections risk weakening the plantar fascia ligament, and surgery has risks and complications.
The best, first line treatment for plantar fasciitis is neuromuscular massage to loosen tight calf muscles that put strain on the plantar fasciia. This treatment has very little risk, and huge rewards as it often stops the pain for good.
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