MD Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a band of tissue on the sole connecting the heel bone to bones near the ball of the foot. Dan Michaels, DPM says that one of the most important steps to treat this condition is to wear supportive footgear, such as OOFOS or Vionic sandals, even in the house. No walking barefoot!

Dr. Michaels recommends gentle stretching before getting out of bed. When the heel is painful, icing or massaging may help. Over-the-counter or customized orthotic inserts may also be beneficial. Some people take an anti-inflammatory supplement such as turmeric or curcumin, and that may sometimes ease the pain.