Exercises are used to strengthen the small muscles in the feet, which support the Plantar Fascia. The aim is to increase the amount of load your feet can tolerate in the long term. These exercises need to be performed every day and the benefit can be seen after 6-8 weeks and for as long as they are continued.
Are you a runner?
Studies have shown that runners with plantar fasciitis have smaller intrinsic foot muscle volume than uninjured runners. It is not known whether this weakness increases the risk of getting an injury to the fascia or whether it is a result of using the foot differently after the injury. Either way, it is important to strengthen these muscles.