Self Care for Plantar Bursitis


Follow the step-wise approach listed below for home treatment of your Plantar Bursitis. All products shown below are available at our On-line Store and similar products can be found at pharmacies and other retailers.

If symptoms do not improve within 1-2 weeks of treatment, see a Podiatrist for a complete evaluation including X-rays and Ultrasound. If in or near Mesa, Arizona, schedule with Dr. Myskiw & Dr. Clement


1. If you are a runner or play other running sports, consider taking a week or two off.  Temporarily switch to an elliptical trainer or exercise bike (cross training) instead of running. 


2. Ice the heel of your foot. Take a frozen can of juice, frozen bottle of water, or other item such as the one below and roll your heel over it for 10 minutes. Place the frozen item back in the freezer for ten minutes, then repeat. This is best done at night. 

The Heeler


3. Wear only shoes that have a well-cushioned sole. DO NOT GO BAREFOOT, EVEN AROUND THE HOUSE.


4. Use a soft insole inside your shoe that has a cut-out for the central part of the bottom of your heel. Below are two examples:


Orthofeet BioSole-Gel Self Forming Orthotics Sport


Tuli's DiamondBack Arch Supports (with Gel Heels)


5. Take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) as directed on the bottle. (Do not take any medicine you have had a bad reaction to in the past)


6. Use a topical pain reliever such as Biofreeze.

BioFreeze Gel with Ilex - Cryotherapy Pain Relief


7. Once symptoms are resolved continue to wear insoles that relieve pressure to the bottom of the heel and soft-sole shoes to prevent a recurrence.

Gradually increase your activities back to your pre-injury routines.