Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick tissues in the heel.  It can be very painful – I’ve had it twice.  The pain can last for weeks to months.  This can be a real setback, because walking is painful; less exercise facilitates weight gain.

The pain is particularly bad first thing the morning when awakening.

A few things can be done:

  • Wear shoe inserts, including orthotics that raise the arches
  • Wear sneakers (or rubber soled shoes)
  • Sleep in splints that keep the foot from flexing too much
  • Take anti-inflammatory medicines (like Aleve or Advil) before bed
  • And, of course…  Lose weight!

Losing just 10 lbs, though, can seriously lessen the pressure on one’s heels, knees, and hips.

BTW, this is an injury that happens to some basketball players.  Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan have had to sit out of games because of plantar fasciitis.  While they undoubtedly got the injuries from jumping and landing on the hardwood, I have no such excuse.

I have not had these problems again since losing the weight.



Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. Hi. I just got over PF. I had to have 9 weeks of physical therapy to get over 2 years of it. New balance shoes are the best to wear..FYI. Birkenstock sandals are also wonderful for this. I lost 60 lbs because I was a wee overweight. It didn’t reallly make my PF hurt less. It actually made it worse because I was working out so much. I walked and jogged a lot. Stretching your foot is a must. I’m starting to lose weight again because the PF pain was so horrible it kept me from working out…even walking. Just thought I’d put my 2 cets in.

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