What are the treatments to reduce impact in plantar heel pain?

Updated: Feb 10, 2020
  • Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Means of decreasing the effects of impacts include the following:

  • Activity modification - Avoiding impact activities is especially important in athletes, who can cross-train with nonimpact sports such as cycling or swimming
  • Reduction of body weight (consultation with a nutritionist, if available, should be considered)
  • Use of soft cushions or insoles and soft-heeled footwear (see the first and second images below) [28]
  • Taping, [29] arch supports, and custom-molded orthotics (see the third image below) [30, 31]
Soft heel cushion to absorb shock. Soft heel cushion to absorb shock.
Soft heel cushion and a cup. Soft heel cushion and a cup.
Custom-molded orthotic. Custom-molded orthotic.

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