If you’ve ever yelped in pain or felt a sharp or aching feeling on the bottom of your foot when you first step out of bed in the morning, you likely know the agony of plantar fasciitis.
This painful foot condition is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of thick connective tissue that runs along the sole of your foot from the heel bone to the ball of the foot
While there is a lot of attention placed on how to treat plantar fasciitis, there is less discussion about signs plantar fasciitis is healing and when it’s okay to run with plantar fasciitis or resume whatever types of activities and exercises you used to enjoy before pain got in the way.
How long does plantar fasciitis typically last?
Physical therapist Damien Howell, DPT, OCS, says that there isn’t necessarily a “typical“ length that plantar fasciitis will last—it can vary anywhere from three weeks to two years or more.
“It depends on whether risk factors and contributing postures, positions, and activities are appropriately addressed,” says Dr. Howell. “It also depends on whether remedial exercises are under-dosed or overdosed.”
What are the key signs that your plantar fasciitis is getting better?
Dr. Howell says that a good indication that you’re healing is experiencing improvement in the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis.