Walking boot or cast for plantar fasciitis

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A walking boot or cast is a nonsurgical treatment for plantar fasciitis. Simpler treatments—such as rest, ice, heel cups, or cushions—are usually tried before a walking boot or cast.

Having your foot in a boot or cast for several weeks causes some weakening of the foot, ankle, and calf muscles and some loss of flexibility. After the boot or cast is removed, you will need some rehabilitation to restore strength and range of motion. But a boot or cast forces you to rest your foot. This rest may be very helpful for relieving plantar fasciitis.

Walking boots or casts are somewhat more expensive and inconvenient than other nonsurgical treatments. But if less expensive treatments are not helpful, you often will have many more doctor visits. These visits add to the overall cost.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerGavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery

Current as ofMay 23, 2016