AOFAS and Consumer Reports Release Plantar Fasciitis Guide

Joint effort brings conservative treatment options to new patient handout

ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 10, 2015 — Plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel or arch of the foot. It is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that goes from the heel to the ball of the foot. This common condition takes time to heal, and non-surgical treatments should always be considered first.

With this in mind, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society has worked with Consumer Reports Health to Capture.PNGproduce a patient handout explaining why conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis, which can include a stretching program, is the best approach.

The plantar fasciitis handout follows a 2014 effort to release a list of five tests/procedures that are commonly ordered for foot and ankle conditions but not always necessary. The effort was part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation designed to advance medical professionalism in clinical practice.

Building off of the AOFAS Choosing Wisely point “Don’t perform surgery for plantar fasciitis before trying six months of non-operative care,” the AOFAS worked closely with a Consumer Reports writing team to produce the two-page PDF. The handout resides both on, the Society’s patient education website, and at Later this summer it will also be available in Spanish.

Review the handout to learn what orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists recommend when treating plantar fasciitis and why surgery should never be a first-line treatment.

About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.​

About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.

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