Interesting that you don’t mention what I find to be the #1 cause of plantar fascitis. It is trigger points in the soleus muscle which cannot be stretched in the same manner that is used to stretch the other calf muscle (the gastrocnemius). You can work the foot and heeel all day long and not resolve the problem until you get rid of the triggr points in the soleus and learn how to stretch it properly.
I am a massage therapist and you don’t even mention seeing this group of professionals who can be very helpful in working with someone. Massage the calf; do NOT massage the foot. Once you have gotten rid of the trigger points and gotten the calf muscles in good shape you can then massage the foot…..but chances are you wont’ need to. It will have become a non-issue.
Adequate conservative therapy of plantar fasciitis, as described above, must be pursued for several months before any surgical intervention is contemplated. It is unwise to operate on a patient who has had only a limited trial of conservative treatment and who has incomplete control of the abnormal mechanics that have caused the symptoms. Surgical intervention may be indicated in the small percentage of patients who have failed to benefit from conservative methods and who still have significant plantar heel pain after a lengthy period of treatment.
The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It can be extremely painful, interfere with routine daily activities, and diminish the quality of life in the sufferer. The plantar fascia is the wide, flat piece of connective tissue that supports the sole of the foot from the heel to the toes. If this becomes torn, overstretched, or ruptured, the tendon may become inflamed in a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Preventing plantar fasciitis, as well as avoiding further injury once it does develop, can help to keep you on your feet and active.