Casting - Another option is a short walking cast, which begins in the calf so they cover the ankle and foot as much as the toes. This sort of cast carries a rocker-shaped bottom that lets you continue walking while wearing it. Shock wave therapy - Some clinicians recommend shock wave therapy (the generation of sound waves that offer a burst of energy for the sole of the foot). The treatment is initially painful, and contains not been proven to be far better than sham treatment (treatment with a low, non-therapeutic dose of shock wave therapy). Stretches for plantar fasciitis requires holding onto a countertop or table and squatting down slowly with the knees bent. The heels of both feet must be kept in contact with the floor while squatting. After 10 seconds, straighten up and relax. The stretch is felt as the heels start to raise off the ground. Repeat this exercise 15-20 times. Stretching the Achilles tendon requires leaning into a wall. Place one leg back behind the other leg. Keep the back knee straight with the heel on the ground while bending the front knee. Again, after 10 seconds, straighten up and relax. Repeat this exercise 15-20 times with both legs. Over time irritation occurs at the heel bone, followed by inflammation and micro-tearing of the plantar fascia tissue. Sometimes swelling is present. If the pulling continues the heel bone will 'respond' and a bony growth will develop on the front of the heel bone. This is referred to as a 'heel spur'. Interestingly, the heel spur itself doesn't cause any pain, but the inflamed tissue around it does. Fortunately, most cases of Plantar Fasciitis can be treated effectively at home. Firstly, you need to refrain from activities that cause pain such as long walks, running, sports and standing for long periods. Rest allows any swelling, inflammation and/or pain to subside. In this painful-heel condition, the ligamentous fascia becomes inflamed, causing the classic burning-like pain in the heel, which may also extend to the lower lateral portions of the foot. I didn't start seeing improvement until a short while after wearing custom-made orthotics. Eventually, the condition completely disappeared. I do believe that diligent stretching helped. About one million Americans suffer with plantar fasciitis. I know, because I have it! I have spent many days almost overdosing on anti-inflammatory medications, changing my shoes frequently, trying every orthotic insert I could find; all with little or no relief from this excruciatingly painful condition For many who dont know what plantar fasciitis is - it is an inflammation of the plantar fascia that's on the underside of your foot. Fascia is a sheet or band of connective tissue that surrounds muscular tissues and binds cells together. In some areas it is thin, like the fascia below your skin, and other areas fairly thick, like on the ball of your foot. In the first one month, the movements are restricted and the feet should be rested for maximum amount of time. Those areas which have slippery surface, like a shower stall, where the patient is at risk of falling down, should be strictly avoided. If your child is dealing with foot discomfort regularly, it might be since his/her shoes don’t fit well. Check the shoes and ask your kid to walk around in them in front of you. Does your kid seem to prefer one foot over the other? Exists sufficient toe room? In some cases, the trouble isn’t really whether or not the shoes fit appropriately, but whether they are the right kind of shoe. A child with broad feet, flat feet or a high arc may need special consideration for shoes. You can also ask a podiatrist about possible inserts to make your child’s shoes more comfortable.