How to help treat your plantar fasciitis. There are a few things that you can do at home to help relieve your pain: • Get a pair of good, supportive shoes. • Avoid walking around without shoes on. If you walk around without shoes it is putting more stress on the ligament and causing pain. • Icing your heel a couple times a day can reduce the inflammation. • Limit the time you are on your feet and if you are on your feet for long periods of time try to take breaks to give your heels some rest. • Take an anti-inflammatory drug (ibuprofen) to help reduce the inflammation. Make sure you don't take anti-inflammatory medications if you have been advised not to take them in the past. • If you are overweight, losing weight will help reduce the stress on your feet. If these steps aren’t helping and you still have pain make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer some more help such as: • Fitting you with a night splint to help you keep the plantar fascia stretched while sleeping. • Recommending physical therapy. • Fitting you with a walking cast to help relieve some of the stress on your foot and help it heel. • Fitting you with a different insole in your shoe to provide more support • Fitting you with custom orthotics to put into your shoes that are molded to your feet. • Cortisone injections may be used to help reduce inflammation. If you try the tips to help relieve your pain at home and it is not working, make an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS today at Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic. Give us a call at 701-255-3338 or Request an appointment here.