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Which is better for plantar fasciitis: hot or cold?

Asked 3 years ago

I want to alleviate some of the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis because it's so bad I can't walk. Should I ice my foot or soak it in hot water? How do you handle it? I wish that this ailment would heal quickly because it's a pain, literally.

Wesley Chambers

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ice is better for plantar fasciitis, especially in acute stages. Ice can help reduce inflammation and heel pain. Contrast baths, which alternate hot and cold water, can also be helpful. Heat alone may make symptoms worse for some people, so always end a contrast bath with a soak in cold water. Get well soon

Gilberto Walters

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Because plantar fasciitis presents with acute inflammation, icing your foot is easily the best way to manage the pain, especially when compared to heat therapy. To promote faster healing, use ice with rest, NSAIDs, massage, and orthotics. Together, these approaches will relieve your pain and ensure optimal recovery.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Friday, October 28, 2022

Because of the inflammation associated with the acute phase of plantar fasciitis, soaking your feet in hot water is discouraged. Heat can increase swelling and worsen the condition. Thus, icing the foot presents a better option than heating. Alongside ice, you may also get a custom orthotic to cushion the foot and relieve pain.

Aida Holman

Thursday, January 18, 2024

In your case, I'd recommend starting with cold therapy, like ice packs or ice massage, for acute pain and inflammation to reduce swelling and provide temporary relief. In contrast, heat therapy, such as soaking in warm water or using a heating pad, is more suitable for chronic pain and stiffness, improving blood circulation and relaxing muscles. Both can be beneficial but serve different purposes in managing plantar fasciitis symptoms.

Also, consider using custom orthotics, as they help to alleviate strain on the affected area and contribute to the overall management and relief of the condition.

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